Research Article
Volume 13 Issue 3 - 2021
Residents Well-Being and Clinical Metrics during COVID-19 Pandemic in a Rural Neurology Setting
Muhammad Taimur Malik1,2*, Edward Stefanowicz1, Ramin Zand1,2 and J David Avila1,2
1Geisinger Neuroscience Institute, Danville, PA, United States
2Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA, United States
*Corresponding Author: Muhammad Taimur Malik, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Geisinger Neuroscience Institute, Danville, PA, United States.
Received: January 18, 2021;Published: February 15, 2021




Abstract

COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to resident education and training. To assess the residents’ well-being and their clinical training metrics in a rural neurology residency program affected by COVID-19. An anonymous web-based survey was created and sent to residents for assessing the resident’s clinical activities, didactics, and well-being in 2020. Data from inpatient and outpatient settings were reviewed and analyzed according to patients seen before, during, and after the COVID-19 lockdown. The well-being survey included 14 neurology residents. The calculated response rate was 100%. 4 (28%) of the residents reported that the COVID- 19 had impacted them “a lot”, while half of the residents were “moderately” affected. 11 (78%) of the residents reported that in-person patient visits were the best for outpatient settings, while 3 (21%) favored the tele-video visits. 10 (71%) residents felt that headache was the most appropriate subspecialty for tele-neurology, while 8 (57%) residents mentioned neuromuscular was the least relevant subspecialty. Anxiety (42%) and the risk of being infected with COVID-19 (35%) were significant social issues reported by the residents. The number of patients increased from 306 (pre-COVID lockdown phase) to 375 during the COVID lockdown phase. The number of patients increased during the COVID lockdown phase, as the residents were able to effectively adapt to the tele neurology. Residents did report significant anxiety and the risk of getting infected as their well-being issues. While some of the neurology subspecialties like headache work well with tele-neurology, others like neuromuscular do not.

Keywords: Residents; Clinical Metrics; COVID-19

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Citation: Muhammad Taimur Malik., et al. “Residents Well-Being and Clinical Metrics during COVID-19 Pandemic in a Rural Neurology Setting”.EC Neurology 13.3 (2020): 09-17.

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