New house officers lack clinical skills
Medical students and house officers receive inadequate training in core clinical skills, research published this week shows.
Final year medical students lack adequate education and experience in carrying out basic procedures such as taking blood samples and suturing wounds, the report states. Also, most house officers do not receive further practical training after qualification.
“Many practical skills are practised during the house officer year despite inadequate training, and with no supervision to ensure correct technique,” the authors of the report concluded.
The results are based on a survey, carried out by Mr Peter Goodfellow and Dr Peter Claydon, of Sheffield medical students who had completed their clinical training and were about to sit their final examinations (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2001;94:516).