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Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital.
Ir J Med Sci. 2016 Aug; 185(3):565-571.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

A positive learning environment in which postgraduate doctors are supported, supervised and nurtured, is likely to lead to enhanced professional satisfaction and improved patient care.

AIMS

The aims of the current study were to use the PHEEM inventory to determine the aspects of their current learning environment which junior doctors rate most and least positively.

METHODS

The PHEEM questionnaire was administered to all junior doctors working in medical subspecialties at Galway University Hospitals in Ireland. A response rate of 60 % (n = 61) was obtained.

RESULTS

The mean total PHEEM score was 82.88 ± 18.99, corresponding to an educational environment with more positive than negative aspects but with room for improvement. The mean total PHEEM score (±standard deviation) of registrars (89.65 ± 20.92) exceeded that of Interns (84.00 ± 15.26) and SHOs (75.12 ± 18.09). Over half (55 %) of the individual items were rated by the junior doctors as more positive than negative. Nineteen items (48 %) pointed to areas in need of enhancement, whilst 3 items were rated as satisfactory or better. Analysis of qualitative data confirmed that deficiencies exist in various aspects of the educational climate, including protected educational time, access to suitable learning opportunities, the nature of tasks performed by junior doctors, the hospital bleep protocol, implementation of the European Working Time Directive, feedback and career guidance.

CONCLUSIONS

Recommendations stemming from this study should lead to improvements in the quality of the educational environment of junior doctors and may stimulate similar evaluations in other teaching hospitals.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland. gerard.flaherty@nuigalway.ie.School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland.School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25916788

Citation

Flaherty, G T., et al. "Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital." Irish Journal of Medical Science, vol. 185, no. 3, 2016, pp. 565-571.
Flaherty GT, Connolly R, O'Brien T. Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital. Ir J Med Sci. 2016;185(3):565-571.
Flaherty, G. T., Connolly, R., & O'Brien, T. (2016). Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 185(3), 565-571. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-015-1303-8
Flaherty GT, Connolly R, O'Brien T. Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital. Ir J Med Sci. 2016;185(3):565-571. PubMed PMID: 25916788.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Measurement of the Postgraduate Educational Environment of Junior Doctors Training in Medicine at an Irish University Teaching Hospital. AU - Flaherty,G T, AU - Connolly,R, AU - O'Brien,T, Y1 - 2015/04/28/ PY - 2015/01/14/received PY - 2015/04/18/accepted PY - 2015/4/29/entrez PY - 2015/4/29/pubmed PY - 2017/3/17/medline KW - Educational environment KW - Junior doctors KW - Postgraduate KW - Teaching hospital SP - 565 EP - 571 JF - Irish journal of medical science JO - Ir J Med Sci VL - 185 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: A positive learning environment in which postgraduate doctors are supported, supervised and nurtured, is likely to lead to enhanced professional satisfaction and improved patient care. AIMS: The aims of the current study were to use the PHEEM inventory to determine the aspects of their current learning environment which junior doctors rate most and least positively. METHODS: The PHEEM questionnaire was administered to all junior doctors working in medical subspecialties at Galway University Hospitals in Ireland. A response rate of 60 % (n = 61) was obtained. RESULTS: The mean total PHEEM score was 82.88 ± 18.99, corresponding to an educational environment with more positive than negative aspects but with room for improvement. The mean total PHEEM score (±standard deviation) of registrars (89.65 ± 20.92) exceeded that of Interns (84.00 ± 15.26) and SHOs (75.12 ± 18.09). Over half (55 %) of the individual items were rated by the junior doctors as more positive than negative. Nineteen items (48 %) pointed to areas in need of enhancement, whilst 3 items were rated as satisfactory or better. Analysis of qualitative data confirmed that deficiencies exist in various aspects of the educational climate, including protected educational time, access to suitable learning opportunities, the nature of tasks performed by junior doctors, the hospital bleep protocol, implementation of the European Working Time Directive, feedback and career guidance. CONCLUSIONS: Recommendations stemming from this study should lead to improvements in the quality of the educational environment of junior doctors and may stimulate similar evaluations in other teaching hospitals. SN - 1863-4362 UR - https://news.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25916788/Measurement_of_the_Postgraduate_Educational_Environment_of_Junior_Doctors_Training_in_Medicine_at_an_Irish_University_Teaching_Hospital_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -