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How are trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases supervised in Europe? An international cross-sectional questionnaire survey by th…

A new interesting article has been published in Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s10096-018-3386-4. and titled:

How are trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases supervised in Europe? An international cross-sectional questionnaire survey by th…

Authors of this article are:
Palacios-Baena ZR Zapf TC Ong DSY Maraolo AE Rönnberg C Çimen C Pulcini C Rodríguez-Baño J Sanguinetti M; Trainee Association of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).

A summary of the article is shown below:
The purpose of this study was to map the supervision of European trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases during their training. An international cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 38 questions was distributed among trainees and recently graduated medical specialists from European countries. Descriptive analyses were performed on both the total group of respondents and regionally. In total, 393 respondents from 37 different countries were included. The median of overall satisfaction with the supervisor was 4 (interquartile range 3-4) on a Likert scale (range 1, not satisfied at all-5, completely satisfied). Overall, merely 34% of respondents received constructive feedback from their supervisor on a regularly basis, 36% could evaluate their own supervisor, and just 63% were evaluated on their skills using a written plan. Fifty-two percent did not receive the opportunity to do a part of the specialty training abroad and 63% received support from their supervisors to be involved in research projects or publishing papers. A considerable proportion of trainees, mainly in Southern and Eastern European regions, felt that they did not receive sufficient supervision. This information may be useful in the pursuit of harmonizing the quality of training, achieving a common curriculum, and identifying robust and objective criteria to coach and evaluate trainees in a proper way.

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