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J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2008 Jun;52(3):262-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2008.01928.x.

Development of an instrument to measure the clinical learning environment in diagnostic radiology.

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School of Public and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


A clinical learning environment survey instrument was developed that provided insights into diagnostic radiology trainees' perceptions of the culture and context of the hospital-based training programme. The survey was completed by trainees allocated to 37 important training hospitals in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 2006. The main findings were that most obvious strengths of the diagnostic radiology programme are the wide variety of work-based learning opportunities and the social atmosphere. These were well regarded in all training sites. Work overload was seen as a significant problem in most hospitals and will probably remain a challenge. The areas that are most likely to repay efforts to bring about change are supervision and feedback. The study provides baseline data against which the influence of changes to the training programme may be evaluated.

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