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Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open ; 9(9): e3864, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1447639

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The 2019 novel coronavirus created unique challenges for the integrated plastic surgery match. The goal of this study was to evaluate the trends of the 2020 and 2021 integrated plastic surgery match specifically related to the 2019 novel coronavirus. METHODS: Three separate individual surveys were designed for integrated plastic surgery program directors and applicants from the 2021 to 2020 match. The surveys were distributed to the email addresses of applicants that applied to our institution's integrated residency program. Information of current interns and newly matched applicants from program websites and certified social media accounts were recorded. RESULTS: We received completed surveys from 19 of the 69 program directors for a response rate of 27.5%. The survey for the 2020 and 2021 match applicants was completed by 25 and 68 applicants, respectively, for a response rate of 6.1% and 21.9%. There was a significant difference in the average number of completed virtual subinternships between applicants that did and did not successfully match into plastic surgery (1.48 versus 0.36, P = 0.01). The rate of students matching at their home institution was the highest in 2021 at 26% compared to 2020 (18%) and 2019 (15%). CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study demonstrate that applicants were more likely to match at programs with which they had established previous connections, including home institutions. Applicants also had a higher likelihood to match if they completed a virtual subinternship during the 2021 match. Learning points can be applied to the upcoming application cycle to improve the overall experience.

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Plast Reconstr Surg ; 147(6): 1469-1471, 2021 06 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1223413

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SUMMARY: The health care crisis related to the spread of novel coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) has created new challenges to plastic surgery education, mostly because of the decreased volume of procedures. The plastic surgery program directors in Chicago decided to act and identify ways to promote surgical education through citywide, multi-institutional, systematic clinical case discussions. Although the initiative has no impact on the surgical skill of the trainees, it was welcomed by residents and faculty and promoted clinical core knowledge in plastic surgery and collaboration among the institutions.


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COVID-19/epidemiology , Internship and Residency/organization & administration , Reconstructive Surgical Procedures/education , Surgery, Plastic/education , Universities/organization & administration , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19/transmission , Curriculum , Humans , Illinois/epidemiology , Internship and Residency/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics/prevention & control , Reconstructive Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data
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Radiology ; 298(3): E117-E130, 2021 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-951875

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With surging numbers of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) throughout the world, neuromuscular complications and rehabilitation concerns are becoming more apparent. Peripheral nerve injury can occur in patients with COVID-19 secondary to postinfectious inflammatory neuropathy, prone positioning-related stretch and/or compression injury, systemic neuropathy, or nerve entrapment from hematoma. Imaging of peripheral nerves in patients with COVID-19 may help to characterize nerve abnormality, to identify site and severity of nerve damage, and to potentially elucidate mechanisms of injury, thereby aiding the medical diagnosis and decision-making process. This review article aims to provide a first comprehensive summary of the current knowledge of COVID-19 and peripheral nerve imaging.


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COVID-19/complications , Diagnostic Imaging/methods , Peripheral Nerve Injuries/complications , Peripheral Nerve Injuries/diagnostic imaging , Diagnosis, Differential , Humans , Patient Positioning/methods , Peripheral Nerves/diagnostic imaging , SARS-CoV-2
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