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Training program of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Portugal. A portray through a survey

Author(s): Nuno Martins

Journal: Acta Obstetrica e Ginecologia Portuguesa
ISSN 1646-5830

OBJECTIVE: To describe the current status of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Portugal.POPULATION AND METHODS: A multiple choice survey was developed and handed out to the local representatives of the 18 hospitals that admit residents, for later distribution to all trainees. The questionnaire was divided into three parts: the first addressing residents' organization, the second focusing on the legislation and organization of the training program, and the third intending to characterize the process of skill acquisition.RESULTS: An overall response rate of 60% was obtained from trainees with more than 6 months of internship (119/198), arising out of the 18 (100%) selected hospitals. Of the respondents, 96% answered that there is the need to represent trainees in Portugal. The vast majority reported that their department is motivated (89%) and ready to receive trainees (84%). However, 70% reported the absence or inaccessibility to simulators or endotrainers in their hospitals. A total of 25% stated they had no training plan and 65% had not conducted annual assessments until the time of the survey. Regarding the scientific meetings organized by the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 74% referred participating in them occasionally and 83% recognized their scientific interest and contribution to training. Regarding the evaluation methodology, 84% agree with the need to reform the final exam.CONCLUSIONS: Adequate training material needs to be readily available in all hospitals with trainees. The vast majority of residents believe that it is necessary to reassess the evaluation system.
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