Irish (Republic) versus British (North West) orthopaedic trainees: what are the differences?
AffiliationDepartment of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Adelaide and Meath Hospital Incorporating , the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland., firstname.lastname@example.org
Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/legislation & jurisprudence/statistics &
Workload/*statistics & numerical data
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CitationSurgeon. 2010 Oct;8(5):259-61. Epub 2010 Jul 16.
JournalThe surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
AbstractBritish Trainees have gradually had their working week curtained over the last 8 years. The Republic of Ireland Trainees have not been subjected to the European Working Time Directive prior to 2009 and have therefore worked on average, more hours than their British counterparts. We wanted to see if the differing schemes had an impact on recruiting and training orthopaedic surgeons. We surveyed Republic of Ireland orthopaedic specialist registrars (SpRs) and North West (NW) British SpRs/specialist trainees (ST3 and above) to see if there were any discernable differences in working patterns and subsequent training exposure. A standard proforma was given to Irish Trainees and to NW SpRs/STs at their National or regional teaching (January/February 2009). 62% of Irish and 47% of British NW Trainees responded. Irish trainees were more likely to have obtained a post-graduate degree (p = 0.03). The Irish worked more hours per week (p < 0.001) doing more trauma operative lists (p = 0.003) and more total cases per 6 months than the NW British (p = 0.003). This study suggests that more hours worked, equals more operative exposure, without detriment to the academic side of training. Obviously it is not possible to say whether fewer operations make for a poorer surgeon, but the evidence suggests that it may be true.
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