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Educational supervisors evaluate the preparedness of graduates from a reformed UK curriculum to work as pre-registration house officers (PRHOs) : a qualitative study.

Watmough, Simon and Garden, Anne and Taylor, David (2006) Educational supervisors evaluate the preparedness of graduates from a reformed UK curriculum to work as pre-registration house officers (PRHOs) : a qualitative study. Medical Education, 40 (10). pp. 995-1001.

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Abstract

Introduction In 1996 the University of Liverpool introduced an integrated problem-based learning (PBL) medical curriculum incorporating the recommendations of Tomorrow's Doctors. This paper investigates whether the PRHO (pre-registration house officer) educational supervisors who supervise Liverpool graduates believe that the reformed curriculum is producing house officers who have the competencies outlined by the General Medical Council. Methods Forty-one interviews were arranged with a sample of educational supervisors in the Mersey Deanery area to ascertain their views on the competencies of Liverpool PRHOs. The interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed and analysed. Results The supervisors felt that the PRHOs had been well prepared to work as PRHOs, and compared with traditional graduates they were actually better prepared for the job of PRHO. They saw the PRHOs as competent communicators with improved clinical skills, who had good attitudes, were aware of limitations, were team workers, good at history-taking and examination and had different approaches to finding information. There was a very confusing picture regarding basic knowledge, with some consultants expressing concerns, despite saying they had adequate knowledge to work as PRHOs. It emerged that there was little consensus about the knowledge base of the traditional or PBL graduates or what knowledge level was needed at this stage. Discussion Educational supervisors believe that the reformed curriculum in Liverpool is producing competent PRHOs who have been better prepared for the role of PRHO than previous graduates. It could be that uncertainty over knowledge base may be the price paid for reducing the factual burden and improving preparedness for professional practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 8683
Deposited By: Mrs Karen Gerrard
Deposited On: 07 May 2008 14:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8683

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