Khalid Masood Gondal, Uzma Iqbal, Seema Arif, Arslan Ahmed, Umair Ahmed Khan.
CPSP/HSE Postgraduate Overseas Rotational Programme: Residents` Perspective.
J Coll Physicians Surg Pak Jan ;26(4):283-7.

Objective: To get direct upward feedback from the residents of first batch of CPSP/HSE Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. Study Design: Mixed methods qualitative research study. Place and Duration of Study: CPSP, Regional Office, Lahore, in June 2015. Methodology: It is a mixed-method study that was conducted in June, 2015. Data was collected through an email survey with 33 medical residents doing their rotation in Ireland; and focus group discussions were carried out with 8 residents, who had successfully completed their rotation. Data were collected through pre-designed questionnaires comprising of open- and close-ended questions. The data were entered into SPSS version 21 and analyzed. Results: The mean age of residents was 29.9 ±1.1 years, 7 (21.2%) were females and 24 (72.7%) respondents were males. Residents agreed that HSE programme has improved their evidence-based decision making (mean score of 3.3 ±1.2) and enhanced professionalism (mean score of 3.6 ±1.1). They disagreed that training has polished their procedural skills (mean score 2.4 ±1.2). The identified strengths of the programme are: adopting a systematic approach towards patients, evidence-based decision making, better exposure and opportunities, financial stability and development of communication skills. The weaknesses are: less exposure to procedural skills, difficulty in synopsis and dissertation writing and difficulty in adjustment with rotational schedules. Conclusion: Residents of CPSP/HSE Programme believed that CPSP/HSE has improved their professionalism, communication skills and increased their future opportunities for career growth. Better communication between CPSP focal person and residents will help sort out many minor but important issues.

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