While the coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly affected all health care workers, graduate medical education (GME) trainees have been especially impacted. The personal and professional obstacles faced during GME training are unique compared to those that attending physicians face, as trainees are concerned not only about protecting their patients and loved ones, but they also have additional stressors related to attaining the skills necessary for independent practice, advancing their research, ensuring education goals are attained, securing a job, and passing their board certification exam, among others. A recent national survey assessing the impact of the pandemic on
For many years to come, just thinking of the year 2020 will put most of us into sympathetic overdrive. Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) has dominated every part of our practice and continues to do so as we enter 2021. But if we track the arc of time, each tumultuous period has also spurred strides of innovation. Despite the odds, we have witnessed and continue to look forward to new landmark trials in nephrology that will have a lasting impact on our clinical practice. As our foray into the inaugural Fellows First column, we recap highlights of 2020 and anticipate
Medical education, like medicine itself, has evolved over time—from the days of professional guilds and apprenticeships to the establishment of structured postgraduate residency training to duty-hours’ restrictions, changes in licensing exams, and the growth of innovative educational resources (1). As the design of medical training changes, so too does the type of physician it produces. After all, medical education is not simply the acquisition of knowledge or even of skills and experiences but a process of shaping and the metamorphosis of the learner.
In a field like medicine, interwoven as it is with the science and humanity of