Assessment of Resident Doctors’ Perception of Postgraduate Medical Education in Nigeria Using the SPEED Tool: A Pilot Study

Assessment of Resident Doctors’ Perception of Postgraduate Medical Education in Nigeria Using the SPEED Tool: A Pilot Study

Author by Dr. Akolade Idowu

Journal/Publisher: Nigerian Journal Of Medicine

Volume/Edition: 30

Language: English

Pages: 71 - 78

Abstract

Background: Obtaining feedback from trainees is important in the evaluation and evolution of Postgraduate Medical Education (PME),
and policies made based on their felt needs would go a long way in making residency training a worthwhile experience. This pilot study
aimed to assess resident doctors’ perception of the training content, atmosphere, and organization using the Scan of Postgraduate Educational
Environment Domains (SPEED) tool. Methodology: This was a cross?sectional study conducted amongst resident doctors at Babcock
University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) in Nigeria, between May and August 2019. A self?administered questionnaire was used to collect
participants’ sociodemographic data, their perception of PME in their respective departments, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the
training programmes. Validity and reliability indices were assessed, and descriptive, inferential, and correlational analyses were run where
appropriate. Results: The mean score for the resident doctors’ perception of training content, atmosphere, and organization was 4.0 ± 0.4,
4.2 ± 0.5 and 3.69 ± 0.60 respectively, out of a maximum of 5, indicating a positive perception of training in BUTH. The major strengths
perceived by most residents were good inter?personal relations between residents and their trainers, as well as conducive learning and work
environment; while the weaknesses include poor remuneration and limited staffing which hampers rotations. Conclusion: Resident doctors
in BUTH mostly had a positive outlook on their training. This study serves as a reference point for local policy change (in BUTH), and a
framework from which future studies on PME can emerge


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