Educational climate seems unrelated to leadership skills of clinical consultants responsible of postgraduate medical education in clinical departments.
Summary of "Educational climate seems unrelated to leadership skills of clinical consultants responsible of postgraduate medical education in clinical departments."
The educational climate is crucial in postgraduate medical education. Although leaders are in the position to influence the educational climate, the relationship between leadership skills and educational climate is unknown. This study investigates the relationship between the educational climate in clinical departments and the leadership skills of clinical consultants responsible for education.
The study was a trans-sectional correlation study. The educational climate was investigated by a survey among all doctors (specialists and trainees) in the departments. Leadership skills of the consultants responsible for education were measured by multi-source feedback scores from heads of departments, peer consultants, and trainees.
Doctors from 42 clinical departments representing 21 specialties participated. The response rate of the educational climate investigation was moderate 52 % (420/811), Response rate was high in the multisource-feedback process 84.3 % (420/498). The educational climate was scored quite high mean 3.9 (SD 0.3) on a five-point Likert scale. Likewise the leadership skills of the clinical consultants responsible for education were considered good, mean 5.4 (SD 0.6) on a seven-point Likert scale. There was no significant correlation between the scores concerning the educational climate and the scores on leadership skills, r = 0.17 (p = 0.29).
This study found no relation between the educational climate and the leadership skills of the clinical consultants responsible for postgraduate medical education in clinical departments with the instruments used. Our results indicate that consultants responsible for education are in a weak position to influence the educational climate in the clinical department. Further studies are needed to explore, how heads of departments and other factors related to the clinical organisation could influence the educational climate.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: BMC medical education
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20858255
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-10-62
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Skills and strategies, unrelated to the traits a test is intended to measure, that may increase test takers' scores -- may include the effects of coaching or experience in taking tests. (ERIC Thesaurus)
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