COVID-19 Disruption to Family Medicine Residency Curriculum: Results from a 2020 US Programme Directors Survey


North Florida


Ocala Regional Medical Center

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internships and residency, graduate medical education, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, family medicine


Family Medicine | Medical Education


OBJECTIVE: This research project examined the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the required curriculum in graduate medical education for family medicine residencies.

DESIGN: Our questions were part of a larger omnibus survey conducted by the Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance. Data were collected from 23 September to 16 October 2020.

SETTING: This study was set in the USA.

PARTICIPANTS: Emails were sent to 664 family medicine programme directors in the USA. Of the 312 surveys returned, 35 did not answer our questions and were excluded, a total of 277 responses (44%) were analysed.

RESULTS: The level of disruption varied by discipline and region. Geriatrics had the highest reported disruption (median=4 on a 5-point scale) and intensive care unit had the lowest (median=1 on a 5-point scale). There were no significant differences for disruption by type of programme or community size.

CONCLUSION: Programme directors reported moderate disruption in family medicine resident education in geriatrics, gynaecology, surgery, musculoskeletal medicine, paediatrics and family medicine site during the pandemic. We are limited in generalisations about how region, type of programme, community size or number of residents influenced the level of disruption, as less than 50% of programme directors completed the survey.

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Family Medicine Community Health