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Preparedness for practice: the perceptions of graduates of a regional clinical school

Barr, J ORCID: 0000-0002-9319-753X, Ogden, K ORCID: 0000-0003-1811-8667, Rooney, K and Robertson, I 2017 , 'Preparedness for practice: the perceptions of graduates of a regional clinical school' , Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 206, no. 10 , pp. 447-452 , doi: 10.5694/mja16.00845.

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Objective: To assess graduates’ self-reported preparednesswith reference to a range of clinical practice capabilities,including those related to patient-centred care.Design: A retrospective survey of self-reported preparedness forpractice, based on a survey developed by the Peninsula MedicalSchool (United Kingdom) and adapted to account for Australiancircumstances and to provide more information about patientcentredcare-related capabilities.Setting and participants: Launceston Clinical School, a regionalclinical school for undergraduate medical students. Medicalstudents who had graduated during 2005e2014 and werecontactable by email were invited to participate in the study.Main outcome measures: Graduates’ self-reportedpreparedness for practice in 44 practice areas, measured on a5-point Likert scale.Results: Responses from 135 graduates (50% of invitedgraduates, 38% of the eligible graduate population) werereceived. Most graduates felt prepared in 41 of the 44 practiceareas; 80% felt at least well prepared in 17 areas. After clusteringthe 44 areas into six thematic groups, no differences were foundbetween men and women who had graduated in the past4 years. As male graduates become more experienced (5e10years after graduation), retrospective perceptions ofpreparedness in some areas differed from those of more recentgraduates; this was not found for female graduates.Conclusion: The survey identified strengths and weaknesses inthe preparation of doctors for practice. It could be more broadlyapplied in Australia to obtain longitudinal data for assessing thequality of learning for curriculum planning purposes, and foraligning graduates’ needs and expectations with those of themedical training and health care employment sectors.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Barr, J and Ogden, K and Rooney, K and Robertson, I
Keywords: Preparedness for practice, medical graduate work readiness, retrospective survey
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Australia
Publisher: Australasian Medical Pub. Co.
ISSN: 0025-729X
DOI / ID Number: 10.5694/mja16.00845
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