Hospital vocational training Local audits are helpful

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6948.196a (Published 16 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:196
  1. M Rickenbach
  1. Postgraduate Medical Education, Education Centre, St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth PO3 6AD
  2. Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Family Health Services Authority, London W2 5XB.

    EDITOR, - As a general practitioner, course organiser, and former senior house officer in Wessex, I am keenly aware of the problems in training for senior house officers.1, 2 Paul Little's survey provides an overview of the situation in Wessex but hides the variation among hospitals and posts.1 Since the senior house officers who were questioned were in post it has become regional policy for course organisers in general practice to review hospital vocational training.

    In Portsmouth we send a questionnaire to all senior house officers on vocational training schemes in the final month of each of their posts. Anecdotal reports about a post may be misleading as they may reflect a poor senior house officer or a poor post. Cumulative data from a series …

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