COVID-19: Student & Resident Access to Resources

 

Dear ACFAS Members and Community,

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for our professional community. This includes our DPM candidates matriculating in our nine podiatric medical schools as well as our residents and post-graduate fellows working to complete their education in CPME-approved residency programs and concluding their final weeks of fellowship. Many students have been sent home from their schools and externships for their own health and safety and many residents and fellows have significantly reduced access to surgical training, resulting in diminished case volume.

During this unprecedented time, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is committed to supporting our community to help alleviate these challenges by assisting our students and residents through the end of the school/residency year. ACFAS leadership, in collaboration with the Post Graduate Affairs (PGA) and Research Committees, have been working jointly with CPME, ABFAS and AACPM/COTH to develop a solution.

To provide online learning resources to help fill the educational void created by the current situation, there are efforts underway to make ACFAS OnDemand remote learning resources available to students and residents through the end of the residency/school year at no cost. Our hope is residents and students will benefit from this added educational opportunity and help support them in finishing their programs successfully. Please note, this is a work in progress and additional information will be provided as soon as it is available.

In addition to ACFAS OnDemand training resources for residents and students, below are additional updates from ACFAS leadership and PGA and Research Committees:

  • The Post Graduate Affairs Committee is working to create resource recommendations for students and trainees with the goal to identify which ACFAS resources can be used to teach the required topics.
  • With the current difficulty for students and residents to gain access to hands-on surgery training, the ACFAS Research Committee is looking at options for creating resources to teach basic and advanced research methodology/design to help focus on research knowledge and skills.
  • ACFAS understands educational needs and resources vary based on location. Both the Post Graduate Affairs and Research Committees are interested in learning more about the current needs of our students, residents, fellows and program directors. To help, we ask you reach out to Roya Mirmiran, DPM, FACFAS, PGA Committee Chair, or Paul Kim, DPM, FACFAS, Research Committee Chair, with your feedback or recommendations.

ACFAS, together with CPME, ABFAS and AACPM/COTH, remains committed to navigating current challenges in a collaborative, innovative fashion to help overcome these unique obstacles and ensure the next generation is safe, healthy and on target to reach their educational goals.

Sincerely,

Scott C. Nelson, DPM, FACFAS
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons President
 

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