Back to Basics: Changes to the Residency Curriculum During a Pandemic

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Alecsa Mackinnon Blair
Sagar Rohailla
Alberto Goffi
Malika Sharma

Abstract

In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompt changes are required from medical systems. Within Canadian academic institutions, this will mean a restructuring of residency programs of all specialties and at all levels of training. Rapid training in critical care procedures and models of patient care will be paramount to contend with the increasing numbers of critically-ill patients. Flexibility from staff physicians, residents, and medical students will be required to fill gaps in patient care. Finally, compassion for our co-workers throughout illness and isolation will be necessary to provide emotional support for one another.


Resume
Au plus fort de la pandémie COVID-19, des changements rapides sont nécessaires de la part des systèmes médicaux. Au sein des institutions universitaires canadiennes, cela signifiera la restructuration des programmes de résidence de toutes les spécialités et à tous les niveaux de formation. Une formation rapide aux procédures de soins intensifs et aux modèles de soins aux patients sera primordiale pour faire face au nombre croissant de patients gravement malades. La flexibilité des médecins du personnel, des résidents et des étudiants en médecine sera nécessaire pour combler les lacunes dans les soins aux patients. Enfin, la compassion envers nos collègues tout au long de la maladie et de l’isolement sera nécessaire pour se soutenir mutuellement sur le plan émotionnel.

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