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Title: You are in charge now: exploration of educational relationships between anaesthetic trainees and their supervising specialists.
Authors: Hodgson TP 
Brazil V
Purdy E
Keywords: anaesthetic trainees
autonomy negotiation
educational relationships
gender and training
role modelling
sizing up
supervisory relationships
Source: 6(C):100137(2023)
Journal Title: BJA Open
Abstract: Background Much of the education during anaesthesia training occurs in the workplace where trainees work under the close supervision of a more senior anaesthetist. Trainee anaesthetists are exposed to multiple supervisors with whom they form educational and supervisory relationships over the course of their training. Surprisingly little research has been conducted to explore the factors behind the development and maintenance of these relationships. This study explores the process of how education occurs in the workplace by examining the relationship from the perspective of both trainees and specialists. Methods This is an exploratory qualitative study. Eight trainee and 10 specialist anaesthetists participated in an individual semi-structured interview. The data were analysed thematically by each of the authors to generate themes. Results Six themes were identified in the analysis: (1) sizing up; (2) negotiated autonomy; (3) working closely together; (4) workplace practices; (5) education being valued; and (6) gender. A conceptual model to illustrate the relationships between the six themes was developed. Conclusions Supervisory relationships were viewed positively by participants despite impediments such as lack of continuity and busy clinical environments. But there were tensions, particularly in balancing trainee autonomy with patient safety. A nuanced ‘sizing up’ process, with negotiation of autonomy, was described by both supervisors and trainees. Our findings may support supervisory relationships to reach this ideal more effectively.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjao.2023.100137
ISSN: 2772-6096
Type: Journal Article
Study/Trial: Study
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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