The learning environment of paediatric trainees in New Zealand

Pinnock, Ralph, Reed, Peter, and Wright, Matthew (2009) The learning environment of paediatric trainees in New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 45 (9). pp. 529-534.

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Abstract

Aims: To assess the learning environment of New Zealand paediatric trainees, examine the factors influencing the trainee's perceptions of their learning environment and to assess the suitability of using the Postgraduate Hospital Education Environment Measure (PHEEM) in New Zealand.

Methods: Paediatric trainees completed the PHEEM questionnaire and returned this anonymously by email.

Results: Both basic and advanced trainees' perceptions of the environment were generally positive but significant concerns were identified. There were differences in perceptions of the learning environment between the basic and advanced trainees and between sites with more than six trainees compared with those with six or fewer trainees. The PHEEM is practical to use, showed good internal consistency and was acceptable to trainees.

Conclusions: Both basic and advanced trainees perceived the learning environment positively but significant concerns must be addressed.

The advanced trainees perceived the overall learning environment and the teaching they receive more positively than basic trainees. Trainees at smaller hospitals perceived that their social supports were better than at larger hospitals.

The PHEEM can be used to assess the paediatric training environment in New Zealand.

Item ID: 28088
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1754
Keywords: education, graduate, learning environment
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 06:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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