The effect of COVID-19 on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Training Worldwide

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AlAmri Turki Abdullah


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge that has disrupted endoscopy training. Initial infection control measures aimed at protecting patients and staff meant nonessential endoscopic activity was suspended in many countries. The decrease in elective caseload from the pandemic also reduced training numbers during this period.

Objective: The aim of this review to highlight the global impact of COVID-19 on gastrointestinal endoscopy training, the factors affecting the quality of endoscopy training.

Conclusion: COVID-19 has negatively impacted on multiple domains of gastroenterology training, particularly in relation to endoscopy, while the long-term consequences remain unclear. Use of new technologies are perhaps the key changes that should be pursued made in response to the ongoing pandemic.


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