How is technology changing surgical training?

By Chloe KentThe global healthcare system has found itself under immense strain over the past year and a half. As Covid-19 laid waste to the industry’s usual time and resources – the majority of which were redirected to caring for patients seriously ill with the then-novel respiratory virus – many patients found their elective and non-emergency surgeries had been indefinitely postponed. In England, NHS data suggests 5.12 million people were on waiting lists to start surgical treatment at the end of April, the highest number since records began in August 2007.The detrimental effect this has had on the provision of medical and surgical training has become increasingly apparent. A study in the International Journal of Surgery found that, across the UK and Republic of Ireland, the pandemic has had a negative impact on surgical training across all grades and specialities, with only 9% of trainees saying they would definitely meet all required competencies. Moreover, a review in trainee logb...

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