Education Disrupted by COVID-19? An Opportunity to Improve and Engage

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Joseph L. Yellin, MD
Brendan M. Striano, MD
Peter M. Waters, MD, MMSc
George S.M. Dyer, MD

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every community and every part of the healthcare system, including the introduction of several new challenges for the healthcare providers and trainees.  Studies have examined some of the difficulties that COVID-19 poses for education – for the faculty, residents, and other healthcare providers outside the hospital or self-quarantining in preparation for redeployment. This article describes the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program’s (HCORP) proactive educational response to the instructional training gap created amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Herein, we introduce a new educational vehicle that allows for the smooth and reliable delivery of pediatric orthopedic didactics and trainee educational engagement for years to come. In addition to exploring how a virtual curriculum was used successfully, this narrative explores novel benefits made possible by the digital platform including the ease of involvement of trainees in disparate locations, the creation of a comprehensive digital archive of educational material, and the ability to extend the educational experience beyond HCORP trainees exclusively.

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General Orthopedics