Victorian junior doctors’ perception of their competency and training needs in healthcare management

Suzanne G. Schoenmaker, Lizanne Berkenbosch, Susannah Ahern, Jamiu O Busari

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Introduction. Australian medical speciality colleges have adapted and integrated the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework into their training programs. The role as manager is one of the competencies and is presently thought to receive little attention during training. The objective of our study was to investigate the perceptions of Australian junior doctors regarding their management skills and their perceived need for management education.

Methods. In November and December 2011, 1376 junior doctors from eight Victorian metropolitan health services were invited via email to participate in this study. Participating junior doctors received a questionnaire regarding their self- perceived management skills and knowledge and a medical management training needs assessment.

Results. The response rate of one of the health centres was too low (6%) and therefore insufficient for credible conclusions to be drawn. Of the other health services, 194 (16%) out of 1213 junior doctors responded to the survey. Overall, the junior doctors rated their perceived competency on a 1–5 Likert scale as moderate (mean 3.45; s.d. 0.42). Of the 194 residents who responded, 71.3% (n = 139) reported a need for management training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 412-417
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Health Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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