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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 100-106

The COVID-19 and its impact on otolaryngology trainees' competency and their psychological well-being: A nationwide cross-sectional study

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
2 Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Salma Saud AlSharhan
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_50_20

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Background: As a consequence of the COVID-19 global pandemic, otolaryngology residents are at high risk due to the nature of the specialty and long work hours. Moreover, COVID-19 could have a severe impact on residents from different frontline specialties, particularly otolaryngology. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first nationwide survey providing insights into the otolaryngology residents' prospective of view about the impact of COVID-19 on their training competency development as well as related worries and concerns. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among all otolaryngology training centers of Saudi Arabia to investigate the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on otolaryngology residents and the learning process. Results: A total of 152 residents were contacted to participate in the study, and 101 participants were included after successfully completing the questionnaire. The mean age of the participants was 28.12 years (standard deviation = 1.89, max = 36, min = 25). There has been a significant impact on outpatient clinics, elective operations, consultations, and working hours. Further, we evaluated the impact on academic training activities, the frequency of training activities per week, and the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on otolaryngology residents as well. Conclusion: COVID-19 has had a serious impact on residents both physically and mentally; otolaryngology residents have been hit, especially hard by this emergency pandemic period. Trainees suffered from excessive worries regarding clinical training, specifically academic concerns for different training levels. Further studies need to be done here in Saudi Arabia to evaluate this impact in greater detail and to protect the residents.

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