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Is Surgical Training Prepared for the "second Wave" of COVID-19? A Collaborative Perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Amar Rajgor


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© 2021 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.Restructuring of surgical services during the 'first wave' of the coronavirus-disease 2019 pandemic led to significant disruption in surgical learning opportunities provided to junior surgeons. Recent challenges faced by trainees have never been faced before. These include disruption to surgical opportunities available, completing assessments and attending educational events. With a 'second wave' now upon the United Kingdom it is vitally important we reflect upon the 'first wave' to ensure junior surgeons are able to achieve appropriate surgical case numbers, complete assessments and progress to the next stage of training. Alternate assessment methods in the United Kingdom need to be considered should the pandemic continue and clear information should be provided to surgical trainees regarding career progression. These are difficult times for surgical training and we need to endeavor that trainees are provided with opportunities similar to their predecessors albeit in difficult circumstances. This is to ensure the future standard of surgical patient care remains of the highest standard.

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Author(s): Rajgor HD, Rajgor AD, Sidhu MS, Khan SA, Hossain F, Moores TS

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of Surgery

Year: 2021

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Pages: e045-e045

Online publication date: 01/03/2021

Acceptance date: 21/01/2021

ISSN (print): 0003-4932

ISSN (electronic): 1528-1140

Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


DOI: 10.1097/AS9.0000000000000045