Introduction: Public health was severely affected by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, imposing major daily life changes across the world, including health services that had to restructure significantly. Report: Considering the potential side effects on the quality of vascular training, a digital survey (Survey Monkey®) was developed and submitted to vascular trainees from 7 July to 20 September 2020 through European mailing lists and social media platforms. The aim was to evaluate the standpoint of vascular education across Europe during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify possible measures to mitigate the negative effects on vascular trainees. A total of 104 answers across 27 European countries were received. The mean age of the responders was 31.2 ± 3.58 years, of whom 60.6% were male. Forty-four (42.3%) of the vascular trainees actively participated on the COVID-19 front line; 76.9% of them reported a decrease in surgical procedures performed and/or assisted, with 60% reporting a reduction >50%. Emergency procedures were the only surgical activities for 7.5% of the trainees. Annual or final examinations were re-scheduled or cancelled for 16.3% and 10.6% of the participants, respectively. According to the survey, 73.5% of the responders claimed that the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on vascular education and 73.4% agreed the need for "compensation measures" to be taken. Discussion: The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a significant negative impact on vascular education. Considering an extended pandemic situation, it is believed that compensatory measures should be addressed to maintain the high standards of vascular education and develop new educational tools for future trainees.

The Impact of the First COVID-19 Wave on European Vascular Education

Stefano Ancetti
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2022

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Introduction: Public health was severely affected by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, imposing major daily life changes across the world, including health services that had to restructure significantly. Report: Considering the potential side effects on the quality of vascular training, a digital survey (Survey Monkey®) was developed and submitted to vascular trainees from 7 July to 20 September 2020 through European mailing lists and social media platforms. The aim was to evaluate the standpoint of vascular education across Europe during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify possible measures to mitigate the negative effects on vascular trainees. A total of 104 answers across 27 European countries were received. The mean age of the responders was 31.2 ± 3.58 years, of whom 60.6% were male. Forty-four (42.3%) of the vascular trainees actively participated on the COVID-19 front line; 76.9% of them reported a decrease in surgical procedures performed and/or assisted, with 60% reporting a reduction >50%. Emergency procedures were the only surgical activities for 7.5% of the trainees. Annual or final examinations were re-scheduled or cancelled for 16.3% and 10.6% of the participants, respectively. According to the survey, 73.5% of the responders claimed that the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on vascular education and 73.4% agreed the need for "compensation measures" to be taken. Discussion: The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a significant negative impact on vascular education. Considering an extended pandemic situation, it is believed that compensatory measures should be addressed to maintain the high standards of vascular education and develop new educational tools for future trainees.
António Pereira-Neves, Liliana Fidalgo Domingos, Stefano Ancetti
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