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Impact  of COVID-19 on the mental health of surgeons and coping strategies 
  • Anusha Balasubramanian, MRCS, MMED (ORL-HNS)
Anusha Balasubramanian, MRCS, MMED (ORL-HNS)
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
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Abstract

Unprecedented times call for extraordinary measures. While surgeons across the globe try to comprehend the evolving façade of the COVID 19 pandemic and improvise surgical practice to the best of their ability, the psychological impact of the stress on their own mental health and wellbeing has been underestimated. This paper aims to review the indirect and overt factors that may affect the mental health of a surgeon in the present circumstances. Furthermore, it will aim to highlight key coping mechanisms at individual and institutional level, so as to mitigate the negative psychological impact on surgeons.