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COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology.

Authors
  • Robbins, Jessica B1
  • England, Eric2
  • Patel, Maitray D3
  • DeBenedectis, Carolynn M4
  • Sarkany, David S5
  • Heitkamp, Darel E6
  • Milburn, James M7
  • Kalia, Vivek8
  • Ali, Kamran9
  • Gaviola, Glenn C10
  • Ho, Christopher P11
  • Jay, Ann K12
  • Ong, Seng13
  • Jordan, Sheryl G14
  • 1 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Avenue, E3/374 CSC, Madison, WI 53792. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 3 Mayo Clinic Arizona, Department of Radiology, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 4 University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Radiology, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 5 Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health, Department of Radiology, Staten Island, New York.
  • 6 AdventHealth Imaging, Orlando, Florida.
  • 7 Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Department of Radiology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 8 University of Michigan Health System, Department of Radiology, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 9 University of Kansas School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Wichita, Kansas.
  • 10 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Radiology, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 11 Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia. , (Georgia)
  • 12 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • 13 University of Chicago Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 14 University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Academic radiology
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Volume
27
Issue
8
Pages
1162–1172
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2020.06.002
PMID: 32571648
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid evolution of the healthcare environment. Efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus through social distancing and shelter-at-home edicts have unintended consequences upon clinical and educational missions and mental well-being of radiology departments. We sought to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on radiology residencies with respect to the educational mission and perceptions of impact on well-being. This study was IRB exempt. An anonymous 22 question survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on educational and clinical missions of residencies, its perceived impact upon morale of radiologists and trainees and a query of innovative solutions devised in response, was emailed to the Association of Program Directors in Radiology membership. Survey data were collected using SurveyMonkey (San Mateo, California). Respondents felt the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their residency programs. Regarding the educational mission impact, 70.1% (75/107) report moderate/marked negative impact and 2.8% (3/107) that educational activities have ceased. Regarding the pandemic's impact on resident morale, 44.8% (48/107) perceive moderate/marked negative effect; perceived resident morale in programs with redeployment is significantly worse with 57.1% (12/21) reporting moderate/marked decrease. Respondents overwhelmingly report adequate resident access to mental health resources during the acute phase of the pandemic (88.8%, 95/107). Regarding morale of program directors, 61% (65/106) report either mild or marked decreased morale. Program innovations reported by program directors were catalogued and shared. The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly impacted the perceived well-being and educational missions of radiology residency programs across the United States. Copyright © 2020 The Association of University Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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