COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being and Education in Radiology Residencies: A Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2020.06.002 PMID: 32571648 Web of Science: 000550216100021

Cited authors

  • Robbins, Jessica B.; England, Eric; Patel, Maitray D.; DeBenedectis, Carolynn M.; Sarkany, David S.; Heitkamp, Darel E.; Milburn, James M.; Kalia, Vivek; Ali, Kamran; Gaviola, Glenn C.; Ho, Christopher P.; Jay, Ann K.; Ong, Seng; Jordan, Sheryl G.


  • Rationale and Objectives: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid evolution of the healthcare environment. Efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus through social distancing and shelter-at-home edicts have unintended consequences upon clinical and educational missions and mental well-being of radiology departments. We sought to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on radiology residencies with respect to the educational mission and perceptions of impact on well-being.; Materials and Methods: This study was IRB exempt. An anonymous 22 question survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on educational and clinical missions of residencies, its perceived impact upon morale of radiologists and trainees and a query of innovative solutions devised in response, was emailed to the Association of Program Directors in Radiology membership. Survey data were collected using SurveyMonkey (San Mateo, California).; Results: Respondents felt the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their residency programs. Regarding the educational mission impact, 70.1% (75/107) report moderate/marked negative impact and 2.8%(3/107) that educational activities have ceased. Regarding the pandemic's impact on resident morale, 44.8% (48/107) perceive moderate/marked negative effect; perceived resident morale in programs with redeployment is significantly worse with 57.1% (12/21) reporting moderate/marked decrease. Respondents overwhelmingly report adequate resident access to mental health resources during the acute phase of the pandemic (88.8%, 95/107). Regarding morale of program directors, 61% (65/106) report either mild or marked decreased morale. Program innovations reported by program directors were catalogued and shared.; Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly impacted the perceived well-being and educational missions of radiology residency programs across the United States.

Publication date

  • 2020

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1076-6332

Start page

  • 1162

End page

  • 1172


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