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Senior house officer training in oral and maxillofacial surgery: a national survey

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Justin DurhamORCiD


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Service commitments have often taken priority over training for many senior house officers. There have been changes, with more planned to make this truly a training grade. We conducted a national postal survey of senior house officers (SHO) in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) in 2001/2002. A total of 229 replies were received with an estimated response rate around 70%. Almost 60% of these respondents (57.2%) had been a SHO in OMFS for over 3 years. Only 39% had a weekly bleep-free teaching session. Forty-eight per cent did not think undergraduate BDS training was adequate for their job. This 48% of SHOs were significantly less likely to have out patient clinic sessions with a designated trainer undertaking teaching (chi 2 = 6.127, P = 0.013) or have a bleep-free teaching session (chi 2 = 6.896, P = 0.009). Sixty-four per cent had received formal training in medical examination of patients. Twenty-nine per cent had not been appraised during their present post. Forty-two per cent of SHOs in OMFS are in band 3 posts. Improvements have been made, but there is a case for further change.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Durham J; Keith DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 195

Issue: 1s

Pages: 23-28

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4810551


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