Audits show that specialist paediatric training programmes are sensitive to medical, staffing and economic changes

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Abstract

Aim:

In Finland, specialist paediatrics training is led by university hospitals, but half of it is carried out in regional central hospitals. We audited the training provided by four regional central hospitals in the tertiary care area covered by Tampere University Hospital, in 2003, 2008 and 2015.

Methods:

The audits comprised hospital visits and discussions with the chief doctor of the paediatric clinic, the trainees and the specialists who trained them. A modified version of the European Union of Medical Specialists 1997 protocol was used, and the key areas that performed poorly in the audits were followed up.

Results:

In 2008 and 2015, most of the key follow-up issues had improved, but two main areas in need of further development were identified in 2015. These were that educational objectives should be clarified, and their implementation systemically followed up, and that trainees should spend more time working in outpatient settings.

Conclusion:

Since 2003, a marked improvement had taken place in the paediatric training provided by regional central hospitals, partly because of the increase in paediatric specialist resources. This study underlines the importance of repeat audits and the need for co-opera-tion between the university hospital and regional hospitals, including regular visits.

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