Impact of educational preparation on medical students in transition from final year to PRHO year: a qualitative evaluation of final-year training following the introduction of a new year 5 curriculum in a London medical school

Med Teach. 2004 May;26(3):276-8. doi: 10.1080/248-0142159042000192046.


This study is a qualitative evaluation of PRHOs' perceptions of a new final year of the MB BS programme at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' (GKT) School of Medicine, undertaken in 2001 as a precursor to a prospective study. One-to-one interviews were carried out with 16 PRHOs two to four months after starting. These were independently thematically analysed, cross-referenced and joint agreement on the themes reached. PRHOs felt they were well prepared in clinical skills, history taking and examination. They reported lack of knowledge in pathology and therapeutics. The initial 1-4 weeks were stressful because of new responsibility for patients. Relationship with patients and staff changed through acquisition of a definite professional role. They adopted a number of coping strategies to control demands of the post. The PRHOs perceived the course as relevant and good preparation for their posts, with a better balance than the previous curriculum. Greater appreciation of aspects of professionalization in the final year may help the transition further.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Curriculum / trends*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • London
  • Program Evaluation