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FERNANDES, Amalia et al. Perception of the effect of the pandemic on the health and training of pediatric postgraduate students in Uruguay. Anfamed [online]. 2024, vol.11, n.1, e204.  Epub June 01, 2024. ISSN 2301-1254.


The pandemic impacted the quality of life, comprehensive health and training of postgraduate students worldwide.


Describe the perception of the effect of the pandemic on the comprehensive health and academic training of postgraduate pediatrics students in Uruguay during the years 2019-2021.


Descriptive, cross-sectional study using a survey of students from the 2019, 20 and 21 generations. Sociodemographic variables and perception of the effect of the pandemic on quality of life, health, academic training and performance were analyzed.


93 students participated (65% of those qualified). The median age was 30.5 years, female: 88%. They studied the specialty through residency: 78.4%, in Montevideo 96%. 41.3% expressed that pursuing postgraduate studies during the pandemic had a negative impact on their quality of life. Reporting reduction in social activities: 83.3%, job offer: 33.3%. They reported feeling exhausted: 84%, fatigued: 64.4%. 12.2% were diagnosed with a new illness: anxiety disorder 5, depression 4; 13.3% reported consumption of psychotropic drugs during the pandemic versus 5.5% before it. They considered that their training was negatively affected: 57.3% and performance was affected: 38.2%. They reported obstacles in participating in virtual activities: 94.3%, due to overlap with other activities: 85.3%, or concentration problems: 22.4%.


Respondents reported effects of the pandemic on their health, especially in the psychoemotional area, with an impact on their quality of life. The effect on training was minor, identifying points for improvement, especially avoiding overlapping activities.

Keywords : Medical education; postgraduate pediatrics; integral Health; COVID 19 pandemic; Uruguay.

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