The contribution of the Italian residents in neurology to the COVID-19 crisis: admirable generosity but neurological training remains their priority

Cristina Tassorelli, Vincenzo Silani, Alessandro Padovani, Paolo Barone, Paolo Calabresi, Paolo Girlanda, Leopnardo Lopiano, Luca Massacesi, Salvatore Monaco, Marco Onofrj, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Alfredo Berardelli

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted the Italian healthcare system, underscoring a dramatic shortage of specialized doctors in many disciplines. The situation affected the activity of the residents in neurology, who were also offered the possibility of being formally hired before their training completion.

AIMS: (1) To showcase examples of clinical and research activity of residents in neurology during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and (2) to illustrate the point of view of Italian residents in neurology about the possibility of being hired before the completion of their residency program.

RESULTS: Real-life reports from several areas in Lombardia-one of the Italian regions more affected by COVID-19-show that residents in neurology gave an outstanding demonstration of generosity, collaboration, reliability, and adaptation to the changing environment, while continuing their clinical training and research activities. A very small minority of the residents participated in the dedicated selections for being hired before completion of their training program. The large majority of them prioritized their training over the option of earlier employment.

CONCLUSIONS: Italian residents in neurology generously contributed to the healthcare management of the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, while remaining determined to pursue their training. Neurology is a rapidly evolving clinical field due to continuous diagnostic and therapeutic progress. Stakeholders need to listen to the strong message conveyed by our residents in neurology and endeavor to provide them with the most adequate training, to ensure high quality of care and excellence in research in the future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurol. Sci.
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 10 2021

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