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Cirugía paraguaya

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FERREIRA, Rosa et al. Impact on the training of resident physicians in general surgery due to the pandemic generated by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Cir. parag. [online]. 2022, vol.46, n.3, pp.19-22. ISSN 2307-0420.


Overall, general Surgery Training Programs have been affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and there is this need to reinventthem with new training programs. The objective of this studywas to analyze the impactth epandemic hashadon general Surgery Training Programs.

Materials and methods:

Observational studyconducted at Hospital de Clínicas, Paraguay including 2 groups: postgraduates (un affected by the pandemic) and residents (trained during the pandemic).


46 physiciansresponded to the survey: 10 were postgraduates and 36 residents. The mean number of minor surgeries and appendectomies performed by postgraduates andfirst-yearresidentswentfrom 25.8 and 56.6 down to 7.8 and 14.5, respectively. Whenherioplasties and conventional cholecystectomies were compared between postgraduates and second-year residents, they went from 42 and 55 down to 20.3 and 21.1, respectively. A total of56.3% ofresidentsdid not takeanysimulationcourses, and all classeswere online.


The pandemic affected the trainingofresidents with a significant decrease in the volume of surgeries performed, from 50% upto 75%. The increaseduse of online platforms allowed the continuation of the teaching-learning process.

Keywords : COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Coronavirus infections; Pandemic; General surgery; Medical education; Postgraduateprograms.

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