Submission ID 78111

Code OB-1-2
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Oral
Will the presenter be a: Student
Title Impact of Covid-19 on Family Medicine Resident Wellbeing and Social Networks
Background/Purpose The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant disruptions in medical education globally. While there has been increasing literature surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the acquisition of clinical skills among residents in training, there is a paucity of data on its effect on resident social networks and well-being.
Methods A mixed-methods longitudinal analysis was conducted using an existing national survey instrument, the Family Medicine Longitudinal Survey, modified to query COVID-19 impact. Survey items included 5-point Likert-scale questions and open-ended short answer questions. Participants included 238 graduating Family Medicine Residents (FMR) between 2021 and 2022. Likert-scale responses and multiple-choice questions are reported as summary statistics. Short answer responses underwent thematic analysis. Main outcome measures include resident perception of impact of COVID-19 on well-being and relationships with peers and teachers.
Results Survey response rate was 81.8% (126/154) in 2021 and 74.6% (112/150) in 2022. Significant themes for both cohorts included: negative impact on well-being, social isolation, decreased interactions and relationships with peers, and difficulty establishing relationships with teachers. In 2022, 78% of residents reported a negative impact on their personal well-being due to social isolation and 43% reported a loss of interpersonal relationships.
Discussion Graduating FMR in both the 2021 and 2022 cohorts perceived negative impacts of the pandemic on their well-being as a result of social isolation and decreased relationships with co-residents and teachers. This study provides insight on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the experiences of FMR beyond curricular losses. It may serve to inform programmatic initiatives to mitigate these impacts.
Keyword 1 Covid-19
Keyword 2 Postgraduate Education
Keyword 3 Curriculum
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Residency Education
Abstract Track - First Choice Virtual Clinical Medical Education
Authors Julia Avolio
Milena Forte
Julia Avolio
Yasmin Dini
Laura Diamond
Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram
Stuart Murdoch
Risa Freeman

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