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RAPID COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 131-136

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on European residency training programs in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine: The point of -view of the International Society Of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Youth Forum task force


1 Deputy Coordinator of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Youth Forum Task Force; Chief Coordination of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine (SIMFER) Residents Section; Department of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Piedmont “A. Avogadro”; Rehabilitation Unit, “Mons. L. Novarese” Hospital, Moncrivello, Vercelli, Italy, Rehabilitation Unit, “Mons. L. Novarese” Hospital, Moncrivello, Vercelli, Italy
2 Chief Coordinator of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Youth Forum Task Force; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
3 Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine and Orthopedics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
4 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada, Portugal
5 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Coordination Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Hannover Medical School, DE-30625 Hannover, Germany
6 Department of Neurorehabilitation, Lille University Hospital, F-59037 Lille, France
7 Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic
8 Immediate Past-President of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico
9 President-Elect of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; Department of Mental and Physical Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli,” Napoli, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Alessandro de Sire
Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy. Viale Piazza D'Armi 1, 28100, Novara
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_22_20

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a global public health emergency. The demand for services has altered the organization of medical services resulting in significant changes that have altered dramatically the education of residents in various medical specialties including physical and rehabilitation medicine. In this rapid communication, we summarize the impact of COVID-19 on residency training programs in five European countries. Open interviews were conducted with Country Ambassadors of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Youth Forum. The most common changes were closing of rehabilitation units and outpatient clinics, redeployment of residents to acute care services, and the increase use of technology for patient care and educational purposes.


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