Aims To understand the current practice, extent of use and barriers related to independent reporting (IR) in oral and maxillofacial pathology (OMFP) training in the UK.
Methods A questionnaire was created containing questions about the experiences and opinions surrounding IR in OMFP. The target participants were (1) consultants in OMFP who had been involved in training OMFP trainees in the last 5 years and (2) current OMFP trainees. The questionnaire was delivered via Google Forms and disseminated using a link in an invitation email sent to the participants.
Results A total of 13 consultant responses (response rate of 81%) and 12 trainee responses (response rate of 92%) were received. Of these, three consultants and five trainees were using IR at the time of the study. Several themes emerged highlighting the perceived benefits and concerns regarding IR.
Conclusions This study suggests that there is a disparity in the way IR is used in OMFP training across the UK. There was shared concern between consultants and trainees regarding the lack of clear guidance and subsequent fear of litigation. These are issues that need to be addressed if trainees are to have a similar experience across the country and be prepared for independent practice on completion of training.
- Education, Medical
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Handling editor Runjan Chetty.
Contributors RG: planning, conduct, reporting, conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data. KH: planning, conception, identification of survey participants, proof reading. GH: planning, conception, identification of survey participants, proof reading. DJB: overall responsibility (guarantor), planning, conduct, reporting, conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.