Background: Healthcare systems and surgical residency training programs have been significantly affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic . A shelter-in-place and social distancing mandate went into effect in our county on March 16 , 2020, considerably altering clinical and educational operations . Along with the suspension of elective procedures, resident academic curricula transitioned to an entirely virtual platform . We aimed to evaluate the impact of these modifications on surgical training and resident concerns about COVID-19 . Materials and methods: We surveyed residents and fellows from all eight surgical specialties at our institution regarding their COVID-19 experiences from March to May 2020 . Residents completed the survey via a secure Qualtrics link . Thirty-eight questions addressed demographic information and perspectives regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical training, education, and general coping during the pandemic .
Results: Of 256 eligible participants across surgical specialties, 146 completed the survey (57.0 %). Juniors residents comprised 43.6% (n=61), compared to seniors 37.1% (n=52) and fellows 19.3% (n=27). Most participants , 97.9% (n=138), anticipated being able to complete their academic year on time, and 75.2% (n=100) perceived virtual learning to be the same as or better than in-person didactic sessions . Participants were most concerned about their ability to have sufficient knowledge and skills to care for patients with COVID-19, and the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 . Conclusion: Although COVID-19 impacted residents ’ overall teaching and clinical volume, residency programs may identify novel virtual opportunities to meet their educational and research milestones during these challenging times.