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Ugeskr Laeger. 2003 Jan 13;165(3):229-32.

[Junior physicians' acquisition of theoretical knowledge at a surgical department. Evaluation in the form of multiple-choice tests].

[Article in Danish]

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Klinisk biokemisk afdeling KB 3011, H:S Rigshospitalet, DK-2100 København ø. oliveri@rh.dk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Denmark has no tradition of formal assessment of junior doctors' theoretical knowledge. We therefore wanted to investigate whether the knowledge of surgical junior doctors has actually increased.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Twenty-three junior doctors were confronted with the same multiple-choice questionnaires twice during a six months period. Subsequently, they were asked whether they would approve the implementation of multiple-choice questionnaires and formal assessment (exam) in the Danish specialist training in surgery.

RESULTS:

The participants got a significantly higher score the second time they were confronted with the multiple-choice questionnaires (p = 0.0003). When dividing the participants into two groups, viz. young vs. old junior doctors, it was observed that the latter group had a higher score overall but augmented their scores less in relation to their young colleagues (p = 0.038). Forty percent of the participants replied that the multiple-choice questionnaires had motivated them to do further theoretical studies, and half of them approved the introduction of an exam in surgery in the Danish specialist training.

DISCUSSION:

The theoretical knowledge of junior doctors does actually increase in a relatively short period of time during their employment at a department of surgery. As expected the old junior doctors got a higher score compared to their young colleagues. However, the latter group augments its knowledge relatively more. Multiple-choice questionnaires are easy, accessible, and inexpensive tools for evaluation as well as stimulation for doing further theroretical studies.

PMID:
12555705
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