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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Otolaryngology trainee education
  • Ehab Y. Hanna, MD, FACS
Ehab Y. Hanna, MD, FACS
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Background The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced clinical volume with a negative impact on trainee education.   Methods Survey study of Otolaryngology trainees in North America, during the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.  Results Of 216 respondents who accessed the survey, 175 (83%) completed the survey. Respondents reported a universal decrease in clinical activities (98.3%). Among participants who felt their program utilized technology well, there were significantly decreased concerns to receiving adequate educational knowledge (29.6% vs. 65.2%, p=0.003).  However, 68% of trainees still expressed concern in ability to receive adequate surgical training. In addition, 54.7% of senior trainees felt that the pandemic had a negative impact on their ability to secure a job or fellowship after training. Conclusions Trainees universally felt a negative impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Use of technology was able to alleviate some concerns in gaining adequate educational knowledge, but decreased surgical training remained the most prevalent concern.