Practical tips for supporting competency-based medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated: 23rd July 2021

The normal day-to-day routines have been altered for a number of reasons, including changes to scheduled training rotations, physical distancing requirements, trainee redeployment, and heightened level of concern.

Training Officers will likely need to adapt their programs to maximise learning, maintain effective care delivery, and ensure competent trainees. Along with a continued focus on learner/faculty wellness, Training Officers will have to optimise existing training experiences, adapt those that are no longer viable, employ new technologies, and be flexible when assessing competencies.

These practical tips offer guidance on how to adapt within the constraints of the pandemic landscape, stressing the need for communication, innovation, collaboration, flexibility, and planning within the era of competency-based medical education.