In this special episode of Audible Bleeding, we explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of vascular trainees with Dr. Jason Lee, Dr. Chris Abularrage, and Dr. Lori Pounds. We discuss challenges, including the precipitous drop in case volume, protecting staff, managing call coverage and clinical responsibilities, and didactic education in the face of social distancing. We also discuss educational opportunities that this crisis presents, including crowdsourcing and sharing of educational resources across departments.
Dr. Jason Lee is a Professor of Surgery, the Director of Endovascular Surgery, and the Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship Program Director at Stanford University Medical Center. He is also the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Chris Abularrage is an Associate Professor of Surgery Director of the Diabetic Foot and Wound Clinic and Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Director at The Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery. He is also Chair of the Curriculum committee of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery and Editor-in-Chief of VSCORE for the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Lori Pounds is a Professor of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Director at UT Health San Antonio, as well as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the San Antonio VA. She is also Chair of the Education Committee of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery.