Surgeon's perceptions of the educational opportunities for prevocational doctors

Jacinta Anne Cover

    Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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    Introduction: The educational experience of Prevocational doctors working in Surgery has been rated poorly by doctors and despite a multitude of various tools it remains difficult to assess how best to improve the educational experience of junior doctors. The increasing number of Prevocational doctors and the need to train more specialists in a limited environment places urgency on determining a better way to improve the surgical educational experience.

    Objective: To explore educational opportunities available to Prevocational doctors through a discussion with consultant surgeons.

    Method: A qualitative study was undertaken following a literature review. Semi structured in-depth interviews with ten qualified surgeons to explore perceptions of their own and Prevocational doctors’ surgical education experience were undertaken. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data, generate categories and cross tabulate to create themes.

    Results/discussion: The resultant six themes identified and developed with the use of thematic analysis were taking responsibility, self directed learning, changing workload, formal teaching methods (rounds, courses, and meetings), peer support and undertaking research. These themes were interesting in their divergence from current surgical education literature. Whilst encompassing strong and overlapping components of various education theories and frameworks, these six themes serve as more specific umbrella terms through which to consider, recommend and improve surgical Prevocational training and its learning environment.

    Conclusion: These six themes are presented as a six point framework through which to enhance surgical education experience at the Prevocational level. These terms, in relation to their comparison tools and frameworks, may be better applied to improve surgical education. More research should be applied in the development of an assessment instrument based on this framework which may assist educators to adequately assess and improve the learning experience of Prevocational doctors in surgical settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    • Siddiqui, Zarrin, Supervisor
    • Levitt, Michael, Supervisor, External person
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2015


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