ISSN: 2459 - 1777 | E-ISSN 2587-0394
Volume : 7 Issue : 3 Year : 2022
The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Ophthalmology Residency Education [Beyoglu Eye J]
Beyoglu Eye J. 2022; 7(3): 213-222 | DOI: 10.14744/bej.2022.58234

The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Ophthalmology Residency Education

Ali Safa Balcı, Cigdem Altan, Muhittin Taskapili
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Health Sciences Beyoglu Eye Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Türkiye

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to investigate the theoretical, practical, and academic effects of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on ophthalmology residents.
METHODS: The web-based survey consisting of 28 questions was sent through Email to 37 educators who provides res-ident training. We divided the pandemic period into three, according to the severity of the pandemic and the measures, compared with pre-pandemic period (PreP), separately. Between March 2020 and June 2020 was named as P1, June 2020–October 2020 was named as P2, and October 2020–March 2021 was named as P3.
RESULTS: Responses received from 35 centers (17 university hospitals, 18 training and research state hospitals). There were totally 458 residents in the hospitals. Two hundred and forty-six of them (53.71%) worked on COVID-19 duties, with an average working time of 69.57 days. There were significant decreases in the number of patients examined by res-ident doctors and theoretical training time in the P1, P2, and P3 periods compared to PreP (p<0.05 for all). Furthermore, in terms of the total number of surgeries in clinics and surgeries performed by residents, there were significant decreases in P1 and P2 compared to PreP (p<0.001 for both), but there was no significant difference in P3 (p=0.109). In the exami-nations held in the clinic, in the 1st year of the pandemic, the grade average was lower than before the pandemic (p<0.05). Seventeen residents (3.74%) resigned or moved to another hospital.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the theoretical, practical, and academic training of ophthal-mology residents.

Keywords: COVID-19, education, ophthalmology, resident, training.

Ali Safa Balcı, Cigdem Altan, Muhittin Taskapili. The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Ophthalmology Residency Education. Beyoglu Eye J. 2022; 7(3): 213-222

Corresponding Author: Ali Safa Balcı, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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