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    11 thoughts on surgical training in residency

    In the first annual Contemporary OB/GYN Labor Force survey, many commented on the future of ob/gyn and the surgical training that residents receive. Here are 11 responses that raise a question about whether residents enter the specialty with the necessary skills. What do you think? Feel free to comment below and make your voice heard.


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      It is unfortunate that the consultants themselves are "extremely" poorly trained. They are relatively good at theory but when it comes to some out of the way situation, they literally tremble as they have not seen or dealt with a similar situation & / or they are worried about medico legal problems which may arise. Another aspect is that the juniors are "apparently" meant only to write history, drug sheets and fill in their time without knowing the reason to do so.The training for career residents is absolutely abysmal and if experienced juniors (from other countries) try to discuss &/or perform something, they are discouraged, so that the patient suffers with unnecessary investigations and surgery. And top it up with use of unnecessary investigations without clinical knowledge or correlation is nothing short of but a disaster. I know of consultants who have visited Africa only for surgical experience (whether doing for right or wrong reason) and when they return they continue doing the same either in wrong manner or for wrong reason. There is absolutely no supervision and now-a-days even the supervision will be useless as the consultants have not been supervised themselves. So whatever they say or justify holds ground...rightly or wrongly. Its a pity on top of everything that reduced working hours also contributes to reduced experience in face of flawed audits where available. In fact I was requested by an SHO half way in his 2nd term to teach suturing an episiotomy as he would be eligible for a post of registrar in the next few months. Isn't that ridiculous!
    • Thebabydoc
      You might want to also consider the fact that 80+% of residents are now female and much of the evidence suggests this trend has been driven by the "lifestyle" changes brought on by the new restriction on training/hours and all the part-time work out there. Just sayin'... if the shoe fits...


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