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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN) Resident Mental Well-being

Purpose: To determine the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on OBGYN resident mental-health and wellness.


Background: COVID-19 has forced healthcare providers to reconsider virtually every component of their daily practice. Medical trainees have been particularly impacted; however, limited studies exist examining the consequences of COVID-19 on OBGYN residents’ mental-health and well-being.

Methods: A nationwide cross-sectional study was conducted between February 2022 and May 2022. An anonymous survey was created and distributed to OBGYN residents across the United States. The survey queried residents about personal attitudes, the psychological effect of the pandemic on well-being, and the resources provided by residency programs to combat potential burnout.

Results: 133 OBGYN residents completed the survey. All respondents were vaccinated and trained at programs represented by each American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) district. 57% of residents reported that the pandemic adversely impacted their mental health and 44 (33%) believed the pandemic had interfered with their ability to perform at work. 68 (51%) were confident that residency leadership had supported wellness and mental-health education; Nonetheless, 31 (23%) residents experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted self-harm, and only 28 (21%) of residents utilized mental-health resources.

Discussions: COVID-19 has had a significant impact on OBGYN resident mental-health with many residents not benefiting from mental-health resources. Further study is necessary to assess how residency leadership can optimally support OBGYN resident well-being through the promotion of resident wellness and the provision of mental-health resources.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2023, Student, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, UME, Quality & Safety, Public Health,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Quality & Safety,Public Health,
Clinical Focus

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Alexandria Kraus, MD; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Kimberly Malloy, MD; Jessica Morse, MD, MPH; Omar Young, MD

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