The learning environment of paediatric trainees in New Zealand

J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 Sep;45(9):529-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01553.x. Epub 2009 Aug 21.


Aims: To assess the learning environment of New Zealand paediatric trainees, examine the factors influencing the trainee's perceptions of their learning environment and to assess the suitability of using the Postgraduate Hospital Education Environment Measure (PHEEM) in New Zealand.

Methods: Paediatric trainees completed the PHEEM questionnaire and returned this anonymously by email.

Results: Both basic and advanced trainees' perceptions of the environment were generally positive but significant concerns were identified. There were differences in perceptions of the learning environment between the basic and advanced trainees and between sites with more than six trainees compared with those with six or fewer trainees. The PHEEM is practical to use, showed good internal consistency and was acceptable to trainees.

Conclusions: Both basic and advanced trainees perceived the learning environment positively but significant concerns must be addressed. The advanced trainees perceived the overall learning environment and the teaching they receive more positively than basic trainees. Trainees at smaller hospitals perceived that their social supports were better than at larger hospitals. The PHEEM can be used to assess the paediatric training environment in New Zealand.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Male
  • New Zealand
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires