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Open Access Research article

New regulations regarding Postgraduate Medical Training in Spain: perception of the tutor's role in the Murcia Region

Jose Galcerá-Tomás1*, Carmen Botella-Martínez1, José Saura-Llamas2, Fernando Navarro-Mateu3 and the Chiefs of Study Forum of Murcia Region (CSFMR)

Author Affiliations

1 Postgraduate Teaching Unit, University Hospital "Virgen de la Arrixaca", Ctra, Madrid -Cartagena s/n. 30120-El Palmar, Murcia, Spain

2 Family and Community Health Teaching Unit, C/Escultor Sánchez Lozano, 5. 30007, Murcia, Spain

3 Mental Health Multiprofessional Teaching Unit, C/Lorca, 58.,30120-El Palmar, Murcia, Spain

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BMC Medical Education 2010, 10:44  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-44

Published: 14 June 2010

Abstract

Background

Recently introduced regulatory changes have expanded the Tutor role to include their primary responsibility for Postgraduate Medical Training (PMT). However, accreditation and recognition of that role has been devolved to the autonomic regions. The opinions of the RT may be relevant to future decisions;

Methods

A comprehensive questionnaire, including demographic characteristics, academic and research achievement and personal views about their role, was sent to 201 RTs in the Murcia Region of Spain. The responses are described using median and interquartile ranges (IQR);

Results

There were 147 replies (response rate 73%), 69% male, mean age 45 ± 7 yrs. RTs perception of the residents' initial knowledge and commitment throughout the program was 5 (IQR 4-6) and 7 (IQR 5-8), respectively. As regards their impact on the PMT program, RTs considered that their own contribution was similar to that of senior residents. RTs perception of how their role was recognised was 5 (IQR 3-6). Only 16% did not encounter difficulties in accessing specific RT training programs. Regarding the RTs view of their various duties, supervision of patient care was accorded the greatest importance (64%) while the satisfactory completion of the PMT program and supervision of day-to-day activities were also considered important (61% and 59% respectively). The main RT requirements were: a greater professional recognition (97%), protected time (95%), specific RT training programs (95%) and financial recognition (86%);

Conclusions

This comprehensive study, reflecting the feelings of our RTs, provides a useful insight into the reality of their work and the findings ought to be taken into consideration in the imminent definitive regulatory document on PMT.