'Crucible of Crisis': Cardiology Fellows Adapt During COVID-19

Medscape (04/22/20) Melville, Nancy A.

New research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology considers the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic for cardiology fellows-in-training, with one study emphasizing abundant experiential learning opportunities, provided there is adequate personal protective equipment and supervision. Another study cites the value of virtual training at Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and Harvard Medical School. The authors highlight virtual learning platform components, including a moderator to facilitate discussions and a designated troubleshooter to address participants' technical difficulties without disrupting the flow of conferences. Shashank S. Sinha, MD, at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, in Falls Church, Virginia, said the crisis calls attention to shortcomings in training, and issues requiring resolution such as how fellows-in-training should be deployed; whether they should be reassigned to other roles in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases; and what safety measures will be implemented.

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