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Implementing a structured digital-based online pathology curriculum for trainees at the time of COVID-19
  1. Simon F Roy1,
  2. Matthew J Cecchini2
  1. 1 Pathology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  2. 2 Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Simon F Roy, Pathology, University of Montreal, Montreal, H2X 3H8, Canada; simonroymd{at}

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in delayed elective surgeries and reduced surgical pathology case volume. Case volume and feedback are critical components of postgraduate pathology training as they are essential to developing the skills required to transition into independent practice.1 The current approach has been the utilisation of videoconferencing and sharing of didactic lectures on social media (#virtualpath) platforms to ensure the continuation of medical education. Associations such as the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) have graciously offered online lectures (CAP: the Virtual Lecture Series for Pathology Residents,2 USCAP: eLearning Center).3

These approaches, while incredibly valuable, are relatively passive learning formats when contrasted with conventional pathology residency where trainees actively …

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  • Contributors SFR and MJC designed the study, collected data and wrote the manuscript.

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