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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 342-347

Post-graduate surgical training in Nigeria: The trainees' perspective


1 Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria
3 Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, llorin, Nigeria
4 Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
5 Department of Surgery, Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria
6 Department of Surgery, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

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Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2076, Jos
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DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.137227

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Background: Quality surgical training is crucial to meeting manpower needs and creating a vibrant healthcare delivery. Feedback from trainees provides insight to understanding training challenges and needs to improve the programme. The objective of this study was to determine the challenges faced by surgical trainees and their perception of their training in Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire survey of trainees in 16 academic surgical training centres in Nigeria between September and December 2012. Results: Of 235 respondents, 227 were males (96.6%) and 8 females (3.4%) with mean age of 33.9 years. A significant proportion (62.3%) of the respondents believed that the volume and diversities of surgical cases managed during their training were sufficient; however, 53.9% were less satisfied with their operative experience. Majority (71.8%) of the respondents felt " supported" by their trainers but they also believed that the training was skewed towards service provision. They were not actively involved in research due to lack of funds in 77.7%, lack of time/motivation in 15.8%, indifference in 11.8% and poor knowledge of research methods in 9.2%. Inadequate training facilities (50.7%), poor welfare (67.2%), inadequate sponsorship (65.9%) and poor remuneration (88.3%) were identified among their challenges. On the whole, majority (62.3%) believed that their training would adequately prepare them to function independently. Conclusion: Surgical residents in Nigeria face a variety of challenges. Based on our findings, a training that tracks and keeps trend with global changes through a higher investment in surgical training, improved facilities and residents' well-being from both the teaching authorities and government will more likely improve the quality of training.


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