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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 119-124

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on medical rehabilitation training and education in Asia, eastern mediterranean, and oceania


1 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force; Department of Rehabilitation, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
2 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida, USA
3 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Catanzaro “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy
4 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Institute of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
5 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Royal Jordanian Rehabilitation Center, Royal Jordanian Medical Service, Amman, Jordan
6 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines
7 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Rehabilitation, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand
9 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
10 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
11 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria; Department of Rehabilitation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service, Queensland, Australia
12 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Sanga, Nepal
13 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
14 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Department of Rehabilitation, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
15 International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, World Youth Forum Task Force, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore
16 Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 Division of Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, Tung Wah Hospital, Hong Kong

Correspondence Address:
Su Yi Lee
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 34-54 Poplar Road Parkville, Victoria 3052
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JISPRM-000119

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Background: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has adversely impacted the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) residency training program in many countries. Aims and Objectives: To describe and analyse the issues and challenges faced by PRM trainees in Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and Oceania, and to discuss strategies to encounter the training and educational challenges amidst the pandemic. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was completed by Country Ambassadors of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Youth Forum Task Force, to assess the COVID-19 impact on PRM trainees across Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, and Oceania. Results: Participants reported issues including training program disruption, limited practical skills training, examination postponement, negative psychological consequences, PRM service delivery restructuring, and deployment to acute services. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has variably impacted PRM residency training programs in the countries. The role of National Societies, training programs, and ISPRM is crucial to support trainees during the pandemic.


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