Education of Infectious Diseases Fellows During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 28;8(2):ofaa583. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofaa583. eCollection 2021 Feb.


One of the many challenges that has befallen the Infectious Diseases and Graduate Medical Education communities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the maintenance of continued effective education and training of the future leaders of our field. With the remarkable speed and innovation that has characterized the responses to this pandemic, educators everywhere have adapted existing robust and safe learning environments to meet the needs of our learners. This paper will review distinct aspects of education and training of the Infectious Diseases fellows we believe the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most, including mentoring, didactics, and wellness. We anticipate that several strategies developed in this context and described herein will help to inform training and best practices during the pandemic and beyond.

Keywords: COVID-19; fellowship training; medical education; program directors; wellness.

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