Starting date: Jul 05, 2019 Ending date: Jul 19, 2019 Location: ABERDEEN, GB Venue: Centre of Healthcare Education and Innovation (CHERI)
Summary: This exciting, fully-funded (UK-EU fee status) PhD combines quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the “Improving Surgical Training” (IST) core surgical training curriculum. Description: IST has been developed to address issues in the 2-years of core surgical training, such as tension between service and training, and loss of the traditional surgical firm. After much development work, IST was introduced on a pilot basis across the UK in 2018. This project focuses on the Scottish experience of IST: IST has been embraced across Scotland so all core surgical trainees will be in the IST curriculum.
This time of educational change affords a unique opportunity to explore how curricular change influences phenomena such as trainer-trainee relationships, feedback, the formation of professional identity, and integration into the surgical community of practice. A mixed methods study design is envisaged, using:
- qualitative methods such as interviews, document/portfolio content analysis and/or observations
- quantitative analysis of routine data (such as Annual Review of Competency Progression data)
- standardised questionnaires
- and cross-sectional/repeated surveys using validated tools or new data collection tools

However, the precise focus, aims and objectives of the PhD will be agreed between the student and the supervisory team once the student is familiar with the topic and area.

Applicants must be prepared to travel as this research will involve data collection from hospitals across Scotland; attendance at meetings and forums in, for example, Glasgow and Edinburgh; and the possibility of some Uk-wide and international travel. This PhD is part of a wider programme of work evaluating IST in Scotland and the applicant will be expected to be able to work effectively as part of an extended team of colleagues from surgical/medical education and training.

The supervisory team is a multi-disciplinary group of researchers, clinicians and educators, each of whom brings specific skills and knowledge to the project. The supervisory team have much experience in surgical education research and evaluation, and supervising doctorates to successful completion.
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