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Postgraduate training in paediatrics: analysis of deficiencies as perceived by paediatricians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2451496     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A listing of all general paediatricians in the country was obtained from the directory of members of the Australian College of Paediatrics. Each of the 287 paediatricians identified was sent a questionnaire requesting information about morbidity patterns of patients seen in their practices and their views regarding paediatric training. The response rate was 80.9%. Half the respondents had been in practice for 10 years or less, while two-thirds practised in a capital city. Respondents rated their training in each of 10 organic specialty areas, on average, as having been appropriate. However, when given a listing of nine areas related to child development and behaviour, chronic disease and counselling, 70% rated training in these areas as having been inadequate; this figure was even higher for recent graduates. Less than one-third had formal training in developmental, behavioural and community paediatrics; the remaining two-thirds of respondents acquired their knowledge by clinical experience, books or journals, professional contacts or meetings. This was despite the fact that almost 80% of respondents felt that practical experience was not an adequate substitute for formal training in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. There was an encouraging trend for paediatricians who had been in practice for 10 years or less to have had training in these areas, although the number was still less than half. Almost 90% of respondents felt that changes were needed in paediatric training to equip trainees for general paediatric practice, while 62% of respondents were of the opinion that the present FRACP training system mitigated against appropriate training for general paediatrics.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Authors:
F Oberklaid
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian paediatric journal     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0004-993X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Paediatr J     Publication Date:  1988 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-05-10     Completed Date:  1988-05-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15420340R     Medline TA:  Aust Paediatr J     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Ambulatory Paediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Ambulatory Care
Australia
Child
Child Behavior Disorders
Child Health Services
Curriculum
Developmental Disabilities
Education, Medical, Continuing / standards*
Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
Humans
Pediatrics / education*
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