Background: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has adversely impacted the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) residency training program in many countries. Aims and Objectives: To describe and analyse the issues and challenges faced by PRM trainees in Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and Oceania, and to discuss strategies to encounter the training and educational challenges amidst the pandemic. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was completed by Country Ambassadors of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Youth Forum Task Force, to assess the COVID-19 impact on PRM trainees across Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, and Oceania. Results: Participants reported issues including training program disruption, limited practical skills training, examination postponement, negative psychological consequences, PRM service delivery restructuring, and deployment to acute services. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has variably impacted PRM residency training programs in the countries. The role of National Societies, training programs, and ISPRM is crucial to support trainees during the pandemic.
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