Postgraduate trainees' assessment of the educational value of ward rounds in obstetrics and gynaecology

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008 Oct;28(7):671-5. doi: 10.1080/01443610802421858.


Ward rounds have been regarded as a traditional forum for the teaching and training of trainees. The aim of this research project was to look at what role ward rounds play in the medical education of trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology. A questionnaire comprising 10 statements devised around the theme of quality of medical education and the overall experience of ward rounds was distributed at the Specialist Registrars monthly training days. A total of 46 completed questionnaires were received. The ward rounds took place at least twice weekly at the Welsh Deanery hospitals, however, none of the trainees regarded these ward rounds as 'teaching' ward rounds. A total of 32 (70%) of the trainees disagreed or were uncertain that they learnt something new on ward rounds each day and 34 (74%) of trainees agreed or strongly agreed that in the presence of a consultant, SpRs are not given a chance to lead a ward round. The educational role of the ward rounds does not seem fully utilised in the Welsh Deanery Hospitals and needs to be developed further to suit the needs of junior doctors.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Focus Groups
  • Gynecology / education*
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Patient Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires