Surgical training in the midst of a pandemic: a distributed general surgery residency program’s response to COVID-19

Surgical training in the midst of a pandemic: a distributed general surgery residency program’s response to COVID-19

Can J Surg 2020;63(4):E346-E348 | PDF

Graeme C. Hintz, MD, MEd; Katrina C. Duncan, MD, MPH; Emily M. Mackay, MD, MSc; Tracy M. Scott, MD, MHPE; Ahmer A. Karimuddin, MD, MAEd

Summary

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a substantial impact on surgical training. We describe some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic and our program’s province-wide response to them. We focus specifically on residents’ provision of service, education and wellness.


Accepted June 8, 2020

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Hintz, Duncan, Mackay); and the Division of Surgery, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC (Scott, Karimuddin).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.008420

Correspondence to: G. Hintz, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 11th floor 2775 Laurel St, Room 11125, Vancouver BC V5Z 1M9, graemehintz@alumni.ubc.ca