Residency Training Adjusts to Teaching, Patient Care During Pandemic
Some of the adjustments that have been made to residency education will likely outlive the pandemic in some form—and that’s a positive turn of events.
Six months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, medical and psychiatric education has changed—in some ways permanently.
Interviews with training directors indicate that institutions, trainees, and faculty have largely adapted to a new world of physical distancing and virtual learning. Didactics are all but entirely virtual now, and institutions have adopted some hybrid of virtual and “traditional” care for patient encounters.
Some of these changes may outlive the pandemic. “I have wanted for a long time to get our residents robust training in telehealth,” said Melissa Arbuckle, M.D., director of adult psychiatry training at Columbia University and president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. “I think this is really critical in helping to extend psychiatric care to underserved areas.
Author: Mark Moran
Published online: August 26, 2020