The effects of covid-19 pandemic on the educational status of medical residents of anesthesiology in Türkiye – a survey analysis

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Yüksel A. E., Sahutoglu C., Zincircioglu C., Ozbilgin S., Uyar M.

Ege Tıp Dergisi, vol.62, no.4, pp.507-514, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.19161/etd.1194225
  • Journal Name: Ege Tıp Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.507-514
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges that education systems have ever faced. The aim of this study is to determine the educational deficiencies of Medical Residents of Anesthesiology and Reanimation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey. Materials and Methods: Our study was carried out after the approval of the Ministry of Health and Ege University Medical Faculty Hospital Ethics Committee. This study is a cross-sectional survey study. A web-based questionnaire containing 32 questions was sent to the Anesthesiology and Reanimation Specialization Students in Education and Research Hospitals and University Hospitals in Turkey, in a computer environment, by sending it via e-mail with the approval of the Turkish Society of Anesthesiology and Reanimation. Results: The training hours decreased significantly in both University Hospitals and Ministry of Health Training and Research Hospitals (p<0.001). This decrease was significantly higher in Ministry of Health Training and Research Hospitals than in University Hospitals (p=0.032). The resident training process during the pandemic has been interpreted as tiring by 89%, stressful by 85%, and humiliating by 35% of the participants. Conclusion: During the COVID-19 pandemic period, anesthesia assistants both actively participated in COVID-19 patient treatment and continued their operating room missions. During this period assistant training was delayed or canceled. Considering the continuity of the pandemic, we think that we need to develop online training programs and determine the service-training balance well to protect the future of our expertise. These results reveal that residency training should be reorganized during the pandemic period.