Shaherzad Sohail, Lubna Riaz Dar, Fouzia Umber Qureshi.
Perceptions of House Officers Working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department regarding their Training.
J Shalamar Med Dent Coll Jan ;1(2):9-14.

Background: House job is a challenging stage in doctor’s career in which they learn how to apply knowledge which they have obtained from their medical school in practice. It is the social responsibility of the medical institute to train their doctor in a way to provide proper health care facilities to the society. Objectives: To explore perception and views of House Officers, posted in Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Shalamar Hospital regarding their training. Methods: A cross-sectional self –administered, question-based survey was conducted in department of obstetrics & gynaecology of Shalamar Hospital Lahore. The House Officers (Hos) posted in Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology were enrolled in the study from April 2017 to April 2019. Thematic analysis of the free comments was also performed. Results: A total of 55 house officers took part in the survey. Out of total 55, approximately 83% of HOs reported to be satisfied with their training while 11 % were not satisfied. Most of the HOs 74% agreed with the statement that they are well prepared for future practice, after posting in department of obstetrics & gynaecology. 7.2% strongly agreed, 76% agreed and 11% disagreed with the statement that they have were well prepared for future practice after their obstetrics & gynaecology rotations. 90% of respondents said that they needed more surgical skills and 33% reported that they were deficient in dealing with emergencies. Common themes that emerged from comments included, peer behavior, clerkship, problems of working environment, and less exposure to emergencies as well as surgical procedures. Conclusion: House job is the first step of post graduate training for physicians in Pakistan. The HOs at Shalamar Hospital had mixed views about their training. Most of the Hos were satisfied with their overall training, but they reported lack of surgical skills and suggested training in dealing with gynecological emergencies. Greater peer support and hands on training are required to facilitate young professionals so that they proceed with skills and gain confidence in their professional journey.

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