Ker, J.S., Williams, B., Reid, M., Dunkley, M.P. and Steele, R.J.C., 2003. Attributes of trainers for postgraduate training in general surgery - a national consensus. Surgeon: Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Ireland., 1 (4), pp. 215-220.
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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to obtain consensus amongst consultant surgeons on the attributes of a good surgical trainer that can be used to inform continuing professional development programmes for trainers. METHODS: good trainer attributes were generated from an intensive qualitative study using a participative inquiry process with consultant general surgeons and specialist registrars in the Tayside region. These good trainer attributes were then used as the basis of a modified Delphi study; the early rounds of the Delphi simultaneously sought participants' views concerning stated attributes and sought to generate new attributes. A final Delphi questionnaire was sent to all 180 consultant general surgeons in Scotland to identify consensus. RESULTS: The first two rounds of the Delphi process produced 45 attributes covering seven themes: interest in training, trainer as a team member, communication, receptiveness to trainee needs, trainer as a role model, reflection on practice and clinical and operative competence. The final survey identified significant consensus among surgeons. Clinical and operative competence achieved the highest consensus with 89.2% of surgeons believing it to be an essential attribute. CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that there is consensus on the seven themes identified as essential for a trainer in general surgery. The recognition of the importance by trainers of non-surgical trainer attributes in the changed training structure is encouraging. Surgeons' level of awareness of their roles as a trainer will help inform the level and direction of trainer training and support required as part of a flexible and continuing developmental process.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||15 Sep 2007|
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