Advanced head and neck surgery training during the COVID-19 pandemic Journal Article


Authors: Givi, B.; Moore, M. G.; Bewley, A. F.; Coffey, C. S.; Cohen, M. A.; Hessel, A. C.; Jalisi, S.; Kang, S.; Newman, J. G.; Puscas, L.; Shindo, M.; Shuman, A.; Thakkar, P.; Weed, D. T.; Chalian, A.
Article Title: Advanced head and neck surgery training during the COVID-19 pandemic
Abstract: Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted medical training. Here we assess its effect on head and neck surgical education. Methods: Surveys were sent to current accredited program directors and trainees to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the fellow's experience and employment search. Current fellows' operative logs were compared with those of the 2018 to 2019 graduates. Results: Despite reduction in operative volume, 82% of current American Head and Neck Society fellows have reached the number of major surgical operations to support certification. When surveyed, 86% of program directors deemed their fellow ready to enter practice. The majority of fellows felt prepared to practice ablative (96%), and microvascular surgery (73%), and 57% have secured employment to follow graduation. Five (10%) had a pending job position put on hold due to the pandemic. Conclusions: Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, current accredited trainees remain well-positioned to obtain proficiency and enter the work-force. © 2020 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords: controlled study; head and neck surgery; microvascular surgery; united states; conference paper; comparative study; follow up; organization and management; risk assessment; questionnaire; medical education; fellowships and scholarships; education; curriculum; clinical competence; head and neck neoplasms; surgical training; patient safety; outpatient department; accreditation; personal experience; education, medical, graduate; head and neck tumor; virus pneumonia; occupational health; curriculum development; employment; telemedicine; pandemic; otorhinolaryngology; otolaryngology; surgical education; pneumonia, viral; communicable disease control; humans; human; male; female; priority journal; coronavirus infections; surveys and questionnaires; coronavirus infection; pandemics; coronavirus disease 2019; covid-19
Journal Title: Head & Neck
Volume: 42
Issue: 7
ISSN: 1043-3074
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  
Date Published: 2020-07-01
Start Page: 1411
End Page: 1417
Language: English
DOI: 10.1002/hed.26252
PUBMED: 32383550
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 3 August 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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