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The perceived global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on doctors’ medical and surgical training: an international survey
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  • . TMS Collaborative,
  • Ryan Laloo,
  • Rama Santhosh Karri,
  • Kasun Wanigasooriya,
  • William Beedham,
  • Adnan Darr,
  • Georgia Layton,
  • Peter Logan,
  • Yanyu Tan,
  • Devender Mittapalli,
  • Tapan Patel,
  • Vivaswan Dutt Mishra,
  • Osama Faleh Odeh,
  • Swathi Prakash,
  • Salma Elnoamany,
  • Sri Ramya Peddinti,
  • Elorm Adzoa Daketsey,
  • Shardool Gadgil,
  • Ahmad Bouhuwaish,
  • Ahmad Ozair,
  • Sanchit Bansal,
  • Muhammed Elhadi,
  • Aditya Amit Godbole,
  • Ariana Axiaq,
  • Faateh Ahmad Rauf,
  • Ashna Ashpak
. TMS Collaborative
The Master Surgeon Trust
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Ryan Laloo
Leeds General Infirmary
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Rama Santhosh Karri
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
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Kasun Wanigasooriya
University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences
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William Beedham
University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences
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Adnan Darr
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
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Georgia Layton
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
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Peter Logan
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
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Yanyu Tan
North East Deanery, United Kingdom
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Devender Mittapalli
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
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Tapan Patel
Baroda Medical College
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Vivaswan Dutt Mishra
Moti Lal Nehru Medical College
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Osama Faleh Odeh
The University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
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Swathi Prakash
HCG-MSR Cancer Centre
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Salma Elnoamany
Menoufia University Faculty of Medicine
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Sri Ramya Peddinti
Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute
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Elorm Adzoa Daketsey
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
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Shardool Gadgil
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital
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Ahmad Bouhuwaish
Faculty of Medicine Tobruk University
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Ahmad Ozair
King George's Medical University
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Sanchit Bansal
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital
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Muhammed Elhadi
University of Tripoli Faculty of Medicine
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Aditya Amit Godbole
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College
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Ariana Axiaq
Queen's University Belfast Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences
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Faateh Ahmad Rauf
Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College
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Ashna Ashpak
University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Abstract

Abstract Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant burden on healthcare systems causing disruption to medical and surgical training of doctors globally. Aims and objectives This is the first international survey assessing the perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on training of doctors of all grades and specialties. Methods An online global survey was disseminated using Survey Monkey® between 4th August 2020 and 17th November 2020. A global network of collaborators facilitated participant recruitment. Data was collated anonymously with informed consent and analysed using univariate and adjusted multivariable analysis. Results 743 doctors of median age 27 (IQR: 25-30) were included with the majority (56.8%, n=422) being male. Two-thirds of doctors were in a training post (66.5%, n=494), 52.9% (n=393) in a surgical specialty and 53.0% (n= 394) in low- and middle-income countries. 69.2% (n=514) reported an overall perceived negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their training. A significant decline was noted among non-virtual teaching methods such as face-to-face lectures, tutorials, ward-based teaching, theatre sessions, conferences, simulation sessions and morbidity and mortality meetings (p≤0.05). Doctors from low or middle-income countries were associated with perceived inadequate supervision while performing invasive procedures under general, local or regional anaesthetic. (p≤0.05) Conclusion In addition to the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare infrastructure, there has been an indirect consequence of disrupted training within medical and surgical subspecialties. A focus on reconfiguration of training programs through a variety of additional resources will become imperative to reduce the long-term sequalae of COVID-19 on doctors’ training.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

29 Mar 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
30 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
30 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
31 Mar 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
08 Apr 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 Apr 20211st Revision Received
17 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
17 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
19 Apr 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
23 Apr 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Accept