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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 31-33

Challenges and Opportunities to Critical Care Training Programs during COVID-19 Pandemic

1 Adult Intensive Care Department, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medicine, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Farhan Alenez
King Abdulaziz Medical City, Intensive Care Unit 1425, PO Box 22490, Riyadh, 11426
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sccj.sccj_54_20

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Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic announcement, health-care systems across the world were hugely affected by the mitigation measures to contain the infection. The training programs in different specialties were compromised, and the educational process was interrupted. The training program leaders have worked effortlessly to balance the educational process’s continuation with their trainees’ safety in ways that adhere to the mitigation measures. This review briefly discusses the challenges and opportunities to critical care training programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main challenges were interruptions of the educational process, reduced supervision, burnout, and reduced support. On the contrary, many opportunities have emerged including exposure to a new clinical disease and disaster response, virtual education, self-directed reading and assessment, and comprehensive support.

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