The Transformation of Cardiology Training in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Enhancing Current and Future Standards to Deliver Optimal Patient Care

Can J Cardiol. 2021 Jan 18;S0828-282X(21)00047-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.01.009. Online ahead of print.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on cardiology training. Novel opportunities have been identified in several domains: patient exposure, procedural experience, didactic education, research and development, advocacy and well-being, and career advancement. Lessons learned from COVID-19 should be used to further improve fellowship training such as, for example, through the development of a competency-based training and evaluation system. Multimodality teaching that incorporates telelearning provides creative solutions for trainee and continuing medical education. Fellow-initiated research should be supported and nurtured. Enhanced attention to trainee well-being and burnout is particularly important. The emerging cardiologists of the future and the way they are trained will be shaped by the COVID-19 challenge of our generation.