Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 3 - 2020
Urology Residency Training Program during COVID-19 in Pakistan
Kamran Zaidi1, Saleem Shahzad Shumas Qamar2, Kumail Sajjad3*, Muhammad Nazir4 and Waqas Latif5
11Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, General Hospital, Lahore
22Senior Registrar, Department of Urology, General Hospital, Lahore
3Postgraduate Resident, Department of Urology, General Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
4Head of Department, Department of Urology, General Hospital, Lahore
5Data analyst, University of Health Sciences, Lahore
*Corresponding Author: Kumail Sajjad, Postgraduate Resident, Department of Urology, General Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.
Received: January 06, 2021; Published: February 26, 2021


Objective: To know the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Urology residency training program in Pakistan.

Materials and Methods: It was a nationwide survey conducted on google form, from 15th June 2020 to 30th June 2020. Trainees were contacted through online social media application and a self-administered questioner distributed. Questions were related to their educational, clinical and surgical activity these days.

Results: 202 urology trainees contacted through social media application out of which 114 filled online survey forms. Response rate was 56.4%. 87.7% were male out of all responders. The proportion of responders getting training was the first, second, third, fourth and final year as 21.1%, 14.0%, 24.6%, 19.3% and 21.1%, respectively. 45.6% of residents were routinely performing ward duties as before this pandemic. And 86.0% residents not involved in surgeries as before this pandemic. All residents experienced reduction in number of surgical and clinical activities during this pandemic. Only 28.1% and 17% residents provided chance of online teaching and simulator-based training from their department/hospitals respectively.

Conclusion: COVID-19 affected the precious years of learning of Urology residents in Pakistan. Alternative smart learning strategy should be adopted nationwide to minimize the loss of residents.

Keywords: COVID-19; Urology; Residency Training Program; Learning Curve; Smart Learning


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