The current status of senior house officer postgraduate education in a single region

Med Educ. 2000 May;34(5):367-70. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2000.00518.x.


Objective: To assess postgraduate education (PGE) for paediatric senior house officers (SHOs) in a single region.

Methods: A survey of all paediatric SHOs in the region was undertaken in the form of a questionnaire and telephone contact. The standard set by the Committee of Postgraduate Medical Deans for SHO education formed the basis for the questionnaire; there should be (i) a designated educational supervisor for each SHO, (ii) regular work appraisal and counselling and (iii) 4 h protected teaching per week. Supplementary questions were asked regarding methods of teaching and study leave.

Results: There was a 92% response rate from SHOs and 90% of SHOs contacted had a named educational supervisor. The mean time for protected teaching per week was 2.14 h, although this varied widely between centres. There were many different teaching methods used and 82% of SHOs had no difficulty in obtaining study leave. There was a particular problem for those who were working shifts or cross-covering.

Conclusions: Our study has shown that paediatric SHOs in Wales are reasonably satisfied with their postgraduate education, although there is considerable variation between different units. Several areas have been highlighted which need to be improved if we are to provide SHOs with adequate preparation for the specialist registrar training grade.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Teaching / methods
  • Wales