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Paediatric trainees’ training experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: a national survey
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    Paediatric Anaesthetic Training During COVID-19:The UK National Paediatric Anaesthesia Trainee Research Network (PATRN) Swift Survey
    • Jessica McArdle, Anaesthesia Trainee Paediatric Anaesthetic Research network (PATRN)
    • Other Contributors:
      • Fiona Oglesby, Anaesthesia trainee
      • Hannah Lewis, Anaesthesia trainee
      • Thomas Bennett, Anaesthesia trainee
      • Catherine Riley, Anaesthesia trainee
      • Benjamin Robinson, Anaesthesia trainee
      • Peter Brooks, Consultant Anaesthetist

    Paediatric Anaesthetic Training During COVID-19:
    The UK National Paediatric Anaesthesia Trainee Research Network (PATRN) Swift Survey

    The Paediatric Anaesthesia Trainee Research Network (PATRN) Committee read with great interest the findings of the national survey of paediatric trainee experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic from Harmer et al. The re-deployment of anaesthetic trainees to support the surge in demand from adult intensive care, postponement of elective surgery and pauses to trainee rotations1 all affected access to sub-specialty training in anaesthesia. Thus, PATRN conducted an equivalent national survey evaluating the impact of the pandemic on training in paediatric anaesthesia from March to August 2020.

    A survey questionnaire consisting of Sixteen questions focussed on trainee experience of paediatric anaesthesia during the first wave of Covid-19 infections, from March to August 2020. Paediatric anaesthesia experience in the UK occurs at all stages of training, with the option for an additional ‘advanced’ module. The survey was reviewed by members of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI) Scientific Committee. Distribution was via email to all UK-based trainees by College Tutors and the Anaesthetists in Training Representative Group (ATRG) through The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and APAGBI trainee members from December 2020 to March 2021.

    The findings were reflective of thos...

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