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Year : 1986  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-84

Evaluation of the present M. Ch. (urology) academic and training programme at PGIMER, Chandigarh by its former residents as indicators towards desirable change.

Department of Urology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

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A K Goel
Department of Urology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

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The learning value of various teaching sessions and the influence of working environment on learning were rated in an ordinal scale of 1-5 by twenty-one M. Ch. Urology residents. The responses revealed that the learning process was stimulated when residents were given direct responsibility in patient care with guidance of teachers available as and when needed (4.619 plus minus 0.188). On the other hand, learning while working under constant supervision was rated low (2.404 plus minus 0.27; p less than 0.005). Case discussion, attending to and discussing consutlations received from other clinical services immediately afterwards with a senior, and urological training by performing surgery while being assisted by a senior colleague were allotted high score of greater than 4. Learning during statistical meeting, and working in an environment of constant criticism were allotted significantly low score of less than 2. The value of journal club in imparting knowledge was significantly low as compared to case discussion (p less than 0.005) and so was the case of seminars (p less than 0.005). The assessment of a training programme by trainees gives valuable feedback towards modifying and improving the existing system at its weak points. The teaching sessions which were not graded high enough as regards their utility towards attainment of knowledge require drastic reorientation. The work environment also should be made more conducive to learning. Application of mastery concept in urologic training and the use of the journal club/seminar as a tool to achieve competence over a pre-determined topic are likely to increase the learning value of these sessions.

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