Transitioning From Room to Zoom: The 2020 Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp in the COVID-19 Era



For 10 years, the annual Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp hosted hundreds of cardiovascular trainees in Houston for a concise yet comprehensive 3-day training program for new fellows. The cornerstone of the program was the hands-on Skills Academy, which included a variety of timed learning stations that taught surgical techniques, dissection skills, and suturing techniques as well as echocardiography and cardiac catheterization using simulators. This was followed by 2 days of didactics covering essential topics in each specialty. However, that model was upended in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic forced the digitization of medical education and posed significant challenges as we transitioned Boot Camp to a virtual format. In this editorial, we review our experience designing and implementing a virtual cardiology track of the Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp and highlight challenges and proposed solutions in the era of virtual education.


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  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Page/Article: 94-99
  • DOI: 10.14797/mdcvj.1064
  • Submitted on 13 Nov 2021
  • Accepted on 13 Nov 2021
  • Published on 15 Dec 2021
  • Peer Reviewed