The Effectiveness of a Foundation Year 1 Doctor Preparation Course for Final Year Medical Students.

Beedham, William, Wanigasooriya, Kasun, Layton, Georgia R, Taing Chan, Ley, Darr, Adnan and Mittapalli, Devender The Effectiveness of a Foundation Year 1 Doctor Preparation Course for Final Year Medical Students. Journal of medical education and curricular development, 8. p. 2382120520984184. ISSN 2382-1205. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Background

Starting work as a junior doctor can be daunting for any medical student. There are numerous aspects of the hidden curriculum which many students fail to acquire during their training.

Objectives

To evaluate the effectiveness of a novel foundation year one (FY1) doctor preparation course focusing on certain core topics, practical tips and components of the hidden curriculum. The primary objective was to improve the confidence level and knowledge of final year medical students transitioning to FY1 doctors.

Method

A 2-day, practical course titled 'Preparation 2 Practice' delivering hands-on, small-group and lecture-based teaching, covering core medical student undergraduate curriculum topics in medicine and surgery. The course content spanned therapeutics, documentation skills and managing acute clinical tasks encountered by FY1 doctors during an on-call shift. A pre- and post-course survey and knowledge assessment were carried out to assess the effectiveness of the course. The assessment was MCQ-based, derived from topics covered within our course. The 20-question test and a short survey were administered electronically.

Results

Twenty students from a single UK medical school attended the course. 100% participation was observed in the pre- and post-course test and survey. The median post-course test result was 22 (IQR 20.25-23.75) which was higher than the median pre-course test score of 18.75 (IQR 17-21.75). A Wilcoxon sign rank test revealed a statistically significant difference between the pre- and post-course test results ( = .0003). The self-reported confidence score of delegates on starting work as a junior doctor was also significantly higher following the course ( = .004).

Conclusion

The results show a significant improvement in perceived confidence and knowledge on core curriculum topics amongst final year medical students having attended our FY1 doctor preparation course. We conclude that there is scope for similar supplementary courses as an adjunct to the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WA Patients. Primary care. Medical profession. Forensic medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 11:14
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 11:14
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3910

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