Many of the challenges for JMO training lie in the clarification of the key skills, knowledge and procedures required for the first two years of clinical training. It is imperative that all hospitals and medical educators demonstrate a commitment to the development of junior medical officers. This can be demonstrated by ensuring that:
- There are policies and programs in place that demonstrate a commitment to learning;
- The hospital has a suitably trained and supported Director of Clinical Training;
- Junior medical officers are actively encouraged to assume responsibility commensurate with their own personal skills and experience;
- Junior medical officers are actively encouraged to develop their own personal and professional education and develop an sound basis for life-long and continuing medical education;
- Junior medical officers have access to confidential counselling and career advice; and
- Educational programs are coordinated between the allocation or parent hospital and secondment or rotation hospital.
The first two postgraduate years should be viewed at a national level as a period in which all medical graduates gain appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills, which will equip them to proceed to general, or specialist vocational training. Emphasis should be placed on practical experience so that competence is attained through caring for patients who have a broad range of medical and surgical conditions. In particular, therapeutic and procedural skills need to be developed under appropriate supervision.
(Above passage from “National Training and Assessment Guidelines for Junior Medical doctors PGY1 and 2, DoHA July 2003)
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