COVID-19 and Neurosurgical Education in Africa: Making Lemonade From Lemons

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COVID-19 and Neurosurgical Education in Africa: Making Lemonade From Lemons

Journalworld neurosurgery
Publication date – May – 2020
Authors – Ulrick Sidney Kanmounye , Ignatius N Esene
KeywordsAfrica; Coronavirus; Covid-19; Education; Neurosurgery; Young Neurosurgeons.
Open access – Yes
SpecialityNeurosurgery, Surgical Education
World region Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 2, 2020 at 12:21 pm
Abstract:

Never in history has the fabric of African Neurosurgery been challenged as it is today with the advent of covid-19. Even the most robust and resilient neurosurgical educational systems in the continent have been brought to their knees with Neurosurgical trainees and young neurosurgeons bearing the brunt. In the face of this new reality, and in order to limit the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, multiple programs have implemented physical distancing which reduces in-person interactions. In some cases, residents have been asked to stay home at least till they are instructed otherwise. This unfortunate event presents an innovative opportunity for neurosurgical education in Africa. Herein, we detail the framework of an online neurosurgical education initiative to advance the education of African residents and young Neurosurgeons during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSI Number – 20499
PMID – 32446982

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