Impact of COVID-19 on Saudi Neurosurgery Residency: Trainers' and Trainees' Perspectives

Razan Almufarriji, Turki Elarjani, Jamal Abdullah, Abdullah Alobaid, Abdulrahman Y. Alturki, Abdulrahman Aldakkan, Abdulrazag Ajlan, Ahmed Lary, Hosam Al Jehani, Mubarak Algahtany, Saad Alqahatani, Fahd Alsubaie

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Introduction: After the official announcement of the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, the disease impacted most aspects of health care delivery, especially postgraduate education and training. Method: A cross-sectional, online questionnaire-based assessment was performed. The study participants involved neurosurgery residents and program directors (PDs) across the country between May 16 and May 27, 2020. Results: Approximately 74 of 95 (77.9%) of the residents experienced an impact on their training calendar. Before the pandemic, 51 residents (53.3%) were involved in 2–3 surgeries per week, but during the pandemic, 66 (69.5%) were attending 0–1 case per week. Fifty-three residents (55.8%) agreed that academic sessions were affected despite the helpful effort of online teaching sessions. Thirty-four (35.8%) residents graded their anxiety during coronavirus disease-19 times as high. Ten PDs (58.8%) confirmed spending 3–5 hours per week on educational activities normally, whereas during the pandemic, 15 PDs (88.2%) reduced their educational hours to 0–2 hours per week. Conclusion: Our study showed that educational activities significantly decreased and shifted toward virtual teaching methods. Operative volume showed a substantial reduction for both junior and senior residents. Academic and clinical teaching was the main concern for PDs, and they faced challenges interviewing newly matched residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e547-e554
JournalWorld neurosurgery
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Impact
  • Neurosurgery
  • Residency
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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