This course aims to inform surgical teams of the risk during pandemics, prepare them to respond appropriately, give them tools to ensure their safety, build pathways to maintain specific surgical services and anticipate and mitigate long term impacts. When appropriate, real life case studies, and clinical examples are provided. Examples and case studies are drawn from the ongoing SARS-CoV2 pandemic, but also from past events like the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Where possible, relevant discussion of implications to low versus high resource settings are integrated into the course material. Course features include clinician interviews highlighting different aspects of surgical care during a pandemic, interactive quizzes, case studies, video lectures, and curated resources.
Target audience: Healthcare providers involved in the delivery of surgical care in both high and low resource settings, including, but not limited to: surgeons (all specialties), anesthesiologists, physicians with surgical skills (family physicians, clinical and medical officers), surgery and anesthesia trainees, operating room (OR) nurses, operating room (OR) technicians, respiratory therapists, perfusionists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists.
Format: This course is delivered in an online format over 5 weeks and can be completed at the surgical provider's own pace. The instructors are available on an ad hoc basis through email, but may take some time to respond given responsibilities for provision of clinical care. It is expected to take approximately 3-4 hours per module to review all the material, depending on time spent on additional readings.
- MODULE 1: WHAT A SURGEON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PANDEMICS
- MODULE 2: SURGICAL SURGE RESPONSE FOR PANDEMICS
- MODULE 3: PROTECTION OF SURGICAL HEALTHCARE WORKERS
- MODULE 4: DEFINING AND MAINTAINING ESSENTIAL SERVICES
- MODULE 5: GLOBAL IMPACT AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS