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New RISE Article on Navigating the Educational Upheaval Due to COVID-19 Available

Posted June 9, 2020

A new Resources in Surgical Education (RISE) article, “Navigating the Educational Upheaval Due to COVID-19,” by Paul H. Schenarts, MD, FACS, is now available. The purpose of this article is to provide practical guidance to educators and learners about the modifications educational authorities have made in response to COVID-19. The goals of national educational and regulatory agencies are to maintain patient and learner well-being, decrease learner anxiety, safeguard educational equity of resident applicants, and maintain requirements for medical school graduation and residency completion that ensure patient safety. To that end, numerous changes have been made to accommodate these new circumstances for medical students and residents.

The intended audience for this article includes general surgery program directors, general surgery clerkship directors, general surgery residents, medical students, and designated institutional officials. Specific learning objectives are as follows:

  • Outline the educational impact COVID-19 has had on medical students and general surgery residents
  • Summarize changes to the clinical experiences of medical students, the residency interview cycle, completion requirements for general surgery residency, and American Board of Surgery certification
  • Provide guidance to educational leaders and learners about the recent changes allowed by regulatory agencies as a result of COVID-19

The article is available on the RISE web page by selecting “Articles” on the left navigation pane.

Contact Krashina Hudson at or at 312-202-5335 for additional information.

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