As Residents Get Better at Treating COVID-19, they May Become Worse at their Own Specialties

This article presents concerns that, as COVID-19 continues to be an issue, residents will not be able to meet residency requirements. This follows the mid-March decision by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education to allow hospitals to send residents to other specialties and suspend educational requirements. Thus, residents have been working as COVID-19 doctor’s, rather than practicing for their chosen specialties, which for residents that have chosen specialties like general surgery, acting like COVID-19 doctors has made it difficult to meet educational requirements. Many residents were sent to Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units to act as medical interns, effectively stopping their specialties. Residents not changed to different specialties also experienced a shift in their education. Further, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), many medical students failed to match to residency programs.