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New family medicine residency training programme: Residents ’ perspectives from the University of Botswana

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Background: Family Medicine (FM) training is new in Botswana. No previous evaluation of the experiences and opinions of residents of the University of Botswana (UB) Family Medicine training programme has been reported.

Aims: This study explored and assessed residents’ experiences and satisfaction with the FM training programme at the UB and solicited potential strategies for improvement from the residents.

Methods: A descriptive survey using a self-administered questionnaire based on a Likert-type scale and open-ended questions was used to collect data from FM residents at the UB.

Results: Eight out the 14 eligible residents participated to this study. Generally, residents were not satisfied with the FM training programme. Staff shortage, inadequate supervision and poor programme organisation by the faculty were the main reasons for this. However, the residents were satisfied with weekly training schedules and the diversity of patients in the current training sites. Residents’ potential solutions included an increase in staff, the acquisition of equipment at teaching sites and emphasis on FM core topics teachings. They had different views regarding how certain future career paths will be.

Conclusions: Despite the general dissatisfaction among residents because of challenges faced by the training programme, we have learnt that residents are capable of valuable inputs for improvement of their programme when engaged. There is need for the Department of Family Medicine to work with the Ministry of Health to set a clear career pathway for future graduates and to reflect on residents’ input for possible implementation.

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Number of participants in agreement or disagreement with satisfactory experiences from different aspects of the training in family medicine.
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Figure 0002: Number of participants in agreement or disagreement with satisfactory experiences from different aspects of the training in family medicine.

Mentions: Over some aspects of the training programme, participants had divided views (4/8), with half of them reporting dissatisfaction while the other half were satisfied with the programme. These aspects are summarised in Figure 2 with the number of participants agreeing or disagreeing to have satisfaction with aspects of training programme, shown in the bar chart. In-patient clinical teaching setting, the procedural surgical experiences, the formative feedback received for performance improvement, the scheduling of vacation and time off-duty and whether residents were to recommend the programme to friends are reported in the Figure.


New family medicine residency training programme: Residents ’ perspectives from the University of Botswana
Number of participants in agreement or disagreement with satisfactory experiences from different aspects of the training in family medicine.
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Figure 0002: Number of participants in agreement or disagreement with satisfactory experiences from different aspects of the training in family medicine.
Mentions: Over some aspects of the training programme, participants had divided views (4/8), with half of them reporting dissatisfaction while the other half were satisfied with the programme. These aspects are summarised in Figure 2 with the number of participants agreeing or disagreeing to have satisfaction with aspects of training programme, shown in the bar chart. In-patient clinical teaching setting, the procedural surgical experiences, the formative feedback received for performance improvement, the scheduling of vacation and time off-duty and whether residents were to recommend the programme to friends are reported in the Figure.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Background: Family Medicine (FM) training is new in Botswana. No previous evaluation of the experiences and opinions of residents of the University of Botswana (UB) Family Medicine training programme has been reported.

Aims: This study explored and assessed residents’ experiences and satisfaction with the FM training programme at the UB and solicited potential strategies for improvement from the residents.

Methods: A descriptive survey using a self-administered questionnaire based on a Likert-type scale and open-ended questions was used to collect data from FM residents at the UB.

Results: Eight out the 14 eligible residents participated to this study. Generally, residents were not satisfied with the FM training programme. Staff shortage, inadequate supervision and poor programme organisation by the faculty were the main reasons for this. However, the residents were satisfied with weekly training schedules and the diversity of patients in the current training sites. Residents’ potential solutions included an increase in staff, the acquisition of equipment at teaching sites and emphasis on FM core topics teachings. They had different views regarding how certain future career paths will be.

Conclusions: Despite the general dissatisfaction among residents because of challenges faced by the training programme, we have learnt that residents are capable of valuable inputs for improvement of their programme when engaged. There is need for the Department of Family Medicine to work with the Ministry of Health to set a clear career pathway for future graduates and to reflect on residents’ input for possible implementation.

No MeSH data available.