New doctors benefit from induction scheme
- By: Michael Roberts
Newly qualified doctors are more confident and clinically competent at work if given an initial induction period into their jobs (Med Educ 2004;38:998- 1001). Research has suggested that preregistration house officers (PRHOs) feel ill equipped when they first start working. Michael Roberts, professor of medical education for clinical practice at Queen Mary and Westfield, Barts, and the London Medical Schools, explained,
My personal observation was of struggling new PRHOs who were mainly coming to me as their clinical tutor to say they felt out of depth or unsupported… and of colleagues here and elsewhere querying the fitness to work of new PRHOs. In addition there is a long 'medical history' of acknowledging that August [the month new doctors start their first jobs] is a bad month to be sick.
Professor Roberts and colleagues trialled an induction period to see whether this would improve the situation. A group of 26 newly