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Online ISSN 1827-1812
Casadei A., Marchesi M.
Divisione Medicina Interna Prima, Ospedale Centrale di Bolzano, Bolzano
Aim. The newly graduated doctor, before taking the “State-exam” in order to be able to practice, has to do a compulsory hospital training for a total period of 6 months, 2 of wich to be spent in a Department of Internal Medicine. The aim of this study was to evaluate the training scheme offered by our Department, the learning requirements and the professional experience acquired by the attending doctors.
Methods. 38 doctors “in training” (17 graduated in Germany) have attended the Department of Internal Medicine of the Regional Hospital of Bolzano, between the 1st of January 2002 and the 31st of December 2003. At the end of the 2 months attendance period, the doctors answered a questionnaire including 10 questions with a qualitative evaluation. The processing of the data gave us the opportunity to assess the training scheme and provided us with the information useful to improve our training-teaching program.
Results. The 34 questionnaires indicated as good/adequate the training program for 29 doctors (85%) while the experience was judged as negative/not adequate for 5 of them (15%).
Conclusion. The clinical teaching and training practice needs an evidence-based approach, as in the research field, concerning a proper assessment of the methods used and moreover the pursuit of adequate results indicators in order to improve the quality and efficiency of an hospital-based training program.