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The Effect of COVID-19 on Cardiothoracic Surgery Education

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posted on 2020-04-30, 20:32 authored by Brian Mitzman, Stephen Yang, John Potts, Andrew Brownlee, Monisha Sudarshan
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered surgical education in the United States. Residents and fellows in hot-spot areas have been redeployed to work in capacities that do not fulfill specific requirements for their specialty education. Operations necessary for certification have been decreased significantly, or entirely altogether.

In this expert panel, Brian Mitzman, a general thoracic surgeon at NYU Langone Health, is joined by several experts in surgical education. Stephen Yang, professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins, currently serves on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and John Potts is the Senior Vice President for Surgical Accreditation with the ACGME. Andrew Brownlee is a senior cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Chicago, and provides the fellow perspective as a trainee whose education has been directly impacted. Monisha Sudarshan joins as a thoracic surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic.


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