The Impact of COVID-19 on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Application Process.

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The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons




Over recent months, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has swept the world as a global pandemic, largely changing the practice of medicine as it was previously known. Physician trainees have not been immune to these changes - uncertainty during this time is undeniable for medical students at all levels of training. Of particular importance is the potential impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming residency application process for rising fourth year students; a further source of added complexity in light of the newly integrated allopathic and osteopathic match in the 2020-2021 cycle. Due to the impact COVID-19 could have on the residency match, insight regarding inevitable alterations to the application process and how medical students can adapt is in high demand. Further, it is very possible that programs will inquire about how applicants spent their time while not in the hospital due to COVID-19, and applicants should be prepared to provide a meaningful answer. While competitive at a basal level, the complexity of COVID-19 now presents an unforeseen, superimposed development in the quest to match. In this article, we aim to discuss and provide potential strategies for navigating the impact of COVID-19 on the residency application process for orthopaedic surgery.

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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Infectious Diseases




Graduate Medical Education

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