How has Covid-19 impacted the training of Urology Trainees in South Wales

Mustafa Rashid*, Martin Steggall, Gareth Brown

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    Abstract

    To determine whether Covid19 had a tangible effect on urology training in Wales. There has been no Welsh data available concerning how training has changed during the covid pandemic. This survey evaluated the overall impact on training, with the primary aims to identify changes in clinical and academic activities and evaluate a trainees' wellbeing during the crisis. Online questionnaires were sent to all Urology Trainees;  = 20 (83% response) working in the Welsh deanery in the United Kingdom, asking about changes in training particularly within operating list, out-patient clinics, diagnostic activities, educational courses, teaching sessions and examinations. Across Wales trainees experienced a reduction in operating procedures, clinics and teaching courses. Due to a redesign of services, there was only a minimal impact on training for cancer diagnostics and Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings. The majority of trainees felt their index procedures and ability to complete training will be affected. Cancer work, including cancer related theatre lists, diagnostics and MDT were maintained. Trainees lacked confidence that they would reach their operative competencies and struggle to successfully complete training. Following BAPIO discussion, we suggest that training programmes readjust to focus on areas where exposure has been lacking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)678-682
    Number of pages5
    JournalUrologia Journal
    Volume90
    Issue number4
    Early online date1 Aug 2023
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2023

    Keywords

    • Urology
    • Training
    • COVID19
    • impact
    • Coronavirus
    • Wales
    • United Kingdom

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