Released: 4/7/2020 by AAGL
Dear FMIGS family,
As we all navigate the dramatic changes brought on by the COVID -19 pandemic we appreciate the stress and anxiety this has caused for our program directors and fellows. We hope to address here some of the questions and concerns that have surfaced in the last few weeks.
FELLOWSHIP GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Consistent with the recommendations by the ACGME and ABOG for other subspecialty fellowships, it is important that we be flexible in our requirements for the fellows that will be affected by this pandemic (first, second, and third year fellows). We understand it may mean that during this time, fellows may not meet all previously described clinical requirements (such as case minimums) given the temporary restrictions on clinical activity. Our primary goal is to ensure that trainees achieve the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for independent practice. Therefore, the discretion to graduate will be determined by the program director. We do believe that the research requirement is still an important component that must be completed for graduation. An extension (up to three months) may be granted by the program director for fellows that are unable to complete their project by graduation due to the current clinical climate. Additionally, the fellowship program must continue to provide venues to meet the remaining curricular requirements (e.g. educational objectives).
During the COVID-19 outbreak, faculty and fellows are likely to be subject to multiple stressors, whether you are getting pulled to the front lines or providing a more supportive role in the department. We hope that you find some time to focus on wellness to promote personal well-being and resilience amidst this challenging time.
To that end, here are some resources that may be helpful.
- CDC Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Headspace (free access for healthcare professionals through 2020)
- Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide
FMIGS BOOT CAMP
Many have asked about the plan for the 2020 FMIGS Boot Camp which is currently scheduled for August 14-16 in Phoenix, Arizona. We are carefully following the events occurring in Phoenix and throughout the rest of the country, and will make a determination about the Boot Camp by the first week in June. The safety of our fellows, program directors, faculty members, and staff is our priority as we make this decision.
FELLOWSHIP INTERVIEWS 2020
Given the unpredictability of how things will evolve over the next several months, it is important that we acknowledge that there may be geographically driven travel restrictions that will affect the upcoming interview season. Some programs may not be able to invite applicants and some residents may be restricted in their ability to leave their programs and travel. We recommend that FMIGS programs adjust the interview process to better accommodate our applicants by considering video-based interview programs. This type of interview process will likely be new for most programs so we will continue to provide guidance and suggestions as we draw nearer to interview season.
Thank you for all that you are doing to support and care for your local communities. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We hope you stay safe and healthy.
|Jubilee Brown, MD
|Sangeeta Senapati, MD