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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 116-122

A study on the influence of COVID-19 on cardiovascular and thoracic surgery training in india and future prospective

1 Institute of Cardiac and Aortic Disorders, SRM Institutes for Medical Science, Chennai, India
2 Clinical Associate, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, USA
3 Department of CTVS, SCTIMST, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, India
4 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru, India
5 Department of Cardiacvascular and Thoracic Surgery, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mumbai, India
6 Department of CVTS, UNMICRC, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed Idhrees
Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Institute of Cardiac and Aortic Disorders, SRM Institutes for Medical Science (SIMS Hospitals), Chennai - 600 026
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/hm.hm_37_20

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Purpose: COVID-19 has destabilized the routine across the members of cardiac surgery including the postgraduates. In view of this, we conducted a survey among the residents to capture their thoughts on the impact of COVID-19. Methods: An electronic questionnaire was constructed and sent to the residents on May 17, 2020. Participation was voluntary and anonymized. The survey ended on May 27, 2020. Results: A total of 91 postgraduates across the country participated in the survey. A strong majority was attributed when more than 50% of the postgraduates agreed on an opinion, and a moderate majority was attributed when 40%–50% of postgraduates agreed on an opinion. Among the specialties, thoracic surgery and peripheral posting were severely affected, and it was the surgical skill which was severely affected compared to their lectures and thesis work. Multi-institutional collaboration teaching programs were useful in understanding the protocols of different units across the country. Conclusion: Virtual lectures have to continue integrating different institutions for the benefit of students. The students' involvements in the discussion are essential. A national forum for postgraduates has to be formed, promoting their participation and publications.

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