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Letters Covid-19: Training disruption

The personal impact of covid-19 on trainees

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 01 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4688
  1. Thomas R Fonseka, clinical fellow in urology,
  2. Ricky J Ellis, urology registrar and, intercollegiate research fellow
  1. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby DE22 3NE, UK
  1. T.Fonseka{at}

While the results of the GMC national training survey have highlighted the significant disruption to training caused by the covid-19 pandemic,1 the effects on junior doctors’ wellbeing must not be overlooked.

Interruption to training can have wider social and psychological effects. Face-to-face teaching allows peers to meet and build camaraderie, sharing the day-to-day struggles of working on the front line. Peer …

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