Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 155-160

Gaps identification in Saudi anesthesia residency training during early time of pandemic: Trainee view

1 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University; Anesthesiology Services Section, King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, King Fahad Medical City; Centre of Research, Education and Enhanced Training, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University; Anesthesiology Services Section, King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH); Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdulaziz Boker
Consultant and Professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, P.B. Box 80215, Jeddah 21589
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_1195_20

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Background: COVID-19 pandemic was declared a worldwide crisis, as a response the community established new protocols and clinical pathways to prepare the health system in adapting to the expected surge of cases. Objectives: In this study, we aim to assess the effect of the pandemic on the anesthesia training program residents from their own view. Identification of gaps in training programs will help to overcome the challenge like pandemic in order to have competent anesthesia practitioners. Methods: We deployed an online survey in early May 2020 targeting the anesthesia residents in Saudi Arabia. We used mixed methods, containing both quantitative and qualitative questions. Our survey had 3 main sections: demographics, pandemic effect on the training, and pandemic effect on the trainees. Results: Our survey showed that in the first 2 months of the pandemic there was a vast decrease in educational activities and clinical activities. However, after that both the Saudi Commission for Health Speciality (SCFHS) and local hospitals employed alternative education methods like electronic learning and simulation to adopt these changes. We also found the average stress level among residents was 6.5 out of 10 with number one stressor is transmitting Covid-19 to family or self. Finally, Wellbeing resources were available to residents however were not used sufficiently by residents. Conclusion: During times of pandemic, assessment and gap identification in postgraduate training programs are necessary to help overcome challenges of training anesthesiologists. Other than the clinical competency residents' wellbeing needs to be monitored and make available resources easy to reach for the residents.

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