COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology
Department of Radiology
Health and Medical Administration | Infectious Disease | Medical Education | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Radiology | Virus Diseases
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid evolution of the healthcare environment. Efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus through social distancing and shelter-at-home edicts have unintended consequences upon clinical and educational missions and mental well-being of radiology departments. We sought to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on radiology residencies with respect to the educational mission and perceptions of impact on well-being.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was IRB exempt. An anonymous 22 question survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on educational and clinical missions of residencies, its perceived impact upon morale of radiologists and trainees and a query of innovative solutions devised in response, was emailed to the Association of Program Directors in Radiology membership. Survey data were collected using SurveyMonkey (San Mateo, California).
RESULTS: Respondents felt the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their residency programs. Regarding the educational mission impact, 70.1% (75/107) report moderate/marked negative impact and 2.8% (3/107) that educational activities have ceased. Regarding the pandemic's impact on resident morale, 44.8% (48/107) perceive moderate/marked negative effect; perceived resident morale in programs with redeployment is significantly worse with 57.1% (12/21) reporting moderate/marked decrease. Respondents overwhelmingly report adequate resident access to mental health resources during the acute phase of the pandemic (88.8%, 95/107). Regarding morale of program directors, 61% (65/106) report either mild or marked decreased morale. Program innovations reported by program directors were catalogued and shared.
CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly impacted the perceived well-being and educational missions of radiology residency programs across the United States.
Association of Program Directors in Radiology, COVID-19, Program director, Radiology resident, Well-being
DOI of Published Version
Robbins JB, England E, Patel MD, DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Milburn JM, Kalia V, Ali K, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Ong S, Jordan SG. COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2020 Aug;27(8):1162-1172. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2020.06.002. Epub 2020 Jun 13. PMID: 32571648; PMCID: PMC7293482. Link to article on publisher's site
Robbins JB, England E, Patel MD, DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany DS, Heitkamp DE, Milburn JM, Kalia V, Ali K, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Jay AK, Ong S, Jordan SG. (2020). COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2020.06.002. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/covid19/54