The gratification of personal interaction was compromised by the pandemic, and widespread use of on-line learning, masks and social distancing may be needed again in the future. The program’s small groups (10-15 people) make social distancing easier, and supportive communities are reported to foster the well-being of clinicians.
Many changes in medical education were inevitable as a result of this crisis, making it more important than ever to provide a safe environment for clinicians to share honest feedback about their experiences and challenges.
The empowerment of trainees is associated with well-being. Trainees feel more empowered when they can report the difficulties they encounter in their work and training environment, and are involved in finding solutions and optimizing their learning experience.
Since issues of mental health and suicide have grown as a result of the recent crisis, the program’s mechanism for monitoring individual trainees and assisting them when they encounter both personal and professional difficulties will be important.
Informal training usually occurs on clinical wards, where trainees have frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians, treat patients, and interact with their families and the entire healthcare team. The program’s method of formalizing this informal training outside of the clinical wards could be especially advantageous if on-line training returns, and clinicians’ interactions on the wards are more limited.