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Med J Aust. 2007 Apr 2;186(7 Suppl):S37-9.

What do junior doctors want in start-of-term orientation?

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King Edward Hospital for Women, Perth, WA, Australia.


A comprehensive but succinct orientation is vital for junior doctors as they rotate through jobs during the early postgraduate years. The orientation process will become increasingly relevant in Australia with the change of work patterns to shorter hours and rotating shift rosters. Although orientation is often thought to be suboptimal, there is limited research published on this important process. Feedback from junior doctors suggests that formalised orientation programs at the start of term are highly valued. Junior doctors themselves should be involved in the development and delivery of the orientation program. Junior doctors appreciate the participation of senior staff in the orientation program, but much of it can be overseen by registrars, nursing staff and allied health staff. Use of a standardised proforma with peer-to-peer delivery can facilitate a smooth orientation.

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