Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Otolaryngology trainee education

Theresa Guo, Kimberley L. Kiong, Christopher M.K.L. Yao, Melina Windon, Denna Zebda, Yelda Jozaghi, Xiao Zhao, Amy C. Hessel, Ehab Y. Hanna

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced clinical volume with a negative impact on trainee education. Methods: Survey study of Otolaryngology trainees in North America, during the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Results: Of 216 respondents who accessed the survey, 175 (83%) completed the survey. Respondents reported a universal decrease in clinical activities (98.3%). Among participants who felt their program utilized technology well, there were significantly decreased concerns to receiving adequate educational knowledge (29.6% vs 65.2%, P =.003). However, 68% of trainees still expressed concern in ability to receive adequate surgical training. In addition, 54.7% of senior trainees felt that the pandemic had a negative impact on their ability to secure a job or fellowship after training. Conclusions: Trainees universally felt a negative impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of technology was able to alleviate some concerns in gaining adequate educational knowledge, but decreased surgical training remained the most prevalent concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2782-2790
Number of pages9
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant 2T32DC000027‐26 (M.W.).

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  • career planning
  • COVID-19
  • didactic education
  • resident education
  • surgical training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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