The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Intensive Care Residency Program in Portugal

Authors

  • Carla Rebelo Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.
  • Joana Fernandes Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva. Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João. Porto.
  • Mafalda Mourisco Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva Polivalente. Centro Hospitalar de Entre o Douro e Vouga. Santa Maria da Feira.
  • Raul Neto Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva Polivalente. Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho. Gaia.
  • Ricardo Guedes Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva. Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João. Porto.
  • Rui Pedro Cunha Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva. Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental. Lisboa.
  • Tiago Isidoro Duarte Associação de Internos de Medicina Intensiva. Porto. Serviço de Medicina Intensiva. Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central. Lisboa. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9806-0719

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.16700

Keywords:

COVID-19, Critical Care/education, Internship and Residency, Pandemics

Abstract

Introduction: In 2020, critical care departments underwent profound changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on the intensive care residency program in Portugal.
Material and Methods: The Association of Critical Care Residents (AIMINT) prepared a questionnaire using the Google Forms® tool, which was applied during August 2020 to the Critical Care residents in Portugal. A descriptive analysis was performed with the data collected.
Results: Eighty-five residents participated in the questionnaire, yieldinga response rate of 62%. Three-quarters of all participants provided care to COVID-19 patients. More than 80% of the surveyed participants were on rotations, and these were canceled in 59% of cases. Seventy-eight percent reported a workload greater than 40 hours per week.
Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the Critical Care Residency program in Portugal. Most residents surveyed provided care to COVID-19 patients and not only saw their rotations suspended but also experienced difficulties in rescheduling them.

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Published

2022-06-01

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Rebelo C, Fernandes J, Mourisco M, Neto R, Guedes R, Cunha RP, Isidoro Duarte T. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Intensive Care Residency Program in Portugal. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 1 [cited 2023 Jan. 31];35(6):450-4. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/16700

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