The Impact of COVID-19 on Cardiovascular Training Programs: Challenges, Responsibilities and Opportunities

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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Infectious Disease | Medical Education | Virus Diseases


The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically disrupted cardiovascular disease (CVD) fellowship training. Significant reductions in cardiac volumes and simultaneous reassignment of physicians, including to Covid-centric services, have led to educational challenges in fellowship programs and disruptions to trainee experiential learning. While the initial response focused on preparedness for the anticipated surge, it is now critical to focus on the impact on training in this new era. Flexibility and innovation are needed in this highly volatile environment. Programs must respond to these changes with an eye towards providing a high quality educational experience while maintaining wellness and professional growth of fellows in training (FITs). This document seeks to chronicle the current state of CVD training and explore opportunities for response to this evolving environment.


COVID-19, pandemic, medical education, cardiovascular training programs, fellowship training, trainees

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Weissman G, Arrighi JA, Botkin NF, Damp JB, Keating FK, Menon V, Rose-Jones LJ, Singh HS, Soukoulis V, Kates AM. The Impact of COVID-19 on Cardiovascular Training Programs: Challenges, Responsibilities, and Opportunities. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Aug 18;76(7):867-870. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.06.026. Epub 2020 Jun 16. PMID: 32561406. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the American College of Cardiology

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