The Effects of COVID-19 on Orthopaedic Surgery Training Programs in the United States

Shivan N. Chokshi, Tsola A. Efejuku, Jie Chen, Daniel C. Jupiter, Jeremy S. Somerson, Vinod K. Panchbhavi

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Introduction: This study investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical education, research opportunities, and mental health in orthopaedic surgical training programs. Methods: A survey was sent to the 177 Electronic Residency Application Service–participating orthopaedic surgery training programs. The survey contained 26 questions covering demographics, examinations, research, academic activities, work settings, mental health, and educational communication. Participants were asked to assess their difficulty in performing activities relative to COVID-19. Results: One hundred twenty-two responses were used for data analysis. Difficulties were experienced in collaborating with others (49%), learning through online web platforms (49%), maintaining the attention span of others through online web platforms (75%), and in gaining knowledge as a presenter or participating through online web platforms (56%). Eighty percent reported that managing time to study was the same or easier. There was no reported change in difficulty for performing activities in the clinic, emergency department, or operating room. Most respondents reported greater difficulty in socializing with others (74%), participating in social activities with coresidents (82%), and seeing their family (66%). Coronavirus disease 2019 has had a significant effect on the socialization of orthopaedic surgery trainees. Discussion: Clinical exposure and engagement were marginally affected for most respondents, whereas academic and research activities were more greatly affected by the transition from in-person to online web platforms. These conclusions merit investigation of support systems for trainees and evaluating best practices moving forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere22.00253
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Global Research and Reviews
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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