Resilience in these challenging times of COVID-19 at a professional and personal level is cardinal. Trainees and faculty have had to adapt to this adversity with striking limitations on formal neurological, neurovascular and neurophysiological residencies and fellowships. The revision of schedules and reallocation of assignments to cope with the practical aspects in a teaching tertiary care hospital have been overbearing. Novel structural innovation, testing, communications and supervision to assure a modified yet impactful training educational programme is mandatory and the need of the hour. Healthcare service providers remain at the highest risk of acquiring COVID-19 worldwide. Urgent measures to educate them about personal protective equipment (PPE), disease course, infectivity and complications were initialized at the first impact of COVID-19. Foreseeing the pandemic in months to come, here we describe the elemental changes made at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) Karachi, Pakistan a leading academic institute in health sciences and one of the largest tertiary care hospitals in the country and all the modifications contrived in the section of neurology to deal with the brunt of the pandemic. The neurology section devised a strategy balancing clinical work, research and academic activities.Tele health clinics were encouraged and set up across all specialties to minimize in hospital encounters whilst answering concerns of patients and their caregivers. Collaborative efforts, nationally and globally are the requirement as we continue to learn through clinical experience, trials and research on all the potential complications of COVID-19 in these dismal times.
Jafri, Lubna Ashraf; Javed, Maryam; Sajjad, Ali; Kanwar, Dureshahwar; and Wasay, Mohammad
"Neurological care and training in the times of covid-19: a tertiary care center experience,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 15:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol15/iss3/2