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Br J Gen Pract. 1991 December; 41(353): 492–495.
PMCID: PMC1371859

Twenty years of vocational training in the west of Scotland: the practice component.


A retrospective analysis of the experience and opinions of doctors receiving vocational training in general practice was obtained by postal questionnaire. Questionnaires were received by 974 doctors who had been vocationally trained in the west of Scotland between 1968 and 1987. The response rate was 64%. It was found that 94% of the respondents had enjoyed their trainee period, 82% had been given a choice of training practice and 86% had spent 12 months in a training practice. Only 81 respondents had trained in two practices. The most common method of monitoring the trainee's consultation was the trainer sitting in on the consultation; half of the doctors had experience of this (51%). For the majority regular tutorials were commonplace, but for 41% of respondents this was not so. However, those training after 1979 were significantly less likely to have never had tutorials than those training earlier. Nearly half of the doctors (49%) felt that certain aspects had been poorly covered or omitted from their training, notably practice management and finance. Again, this was significantly less likely among those training after 1979. When asked to give a rating of the training they had received 21% of the respondents rated it as excellent, 37% as very good, 30% as fairly good and 12% as poor/fairly poor or very poor. Notably, significantly fewer respondents training after 1979 rated their training as poor/fairly poor or very poor. Very few respondents had participated in a practice exchange but virtually all of those who had felt it had been beneficial.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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