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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 16-19

Pediatric residents perception of pediatric intensive care training during post graduation

Faculty, Sri Ram Chandra Medical College and Research Centre, Chennai, India

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T K Shruti
Sri Ram Chandra Medical College, Chennai
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DOI: 10.21304/2016.0302.00118

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Introduction: Pediatric Intensive Care training is an integral part of Pediatric Postgraduate Program with scant data in the published literature on student’s perception about training in Pediatric intensive care (PICU). We undertook this student (resident) survey to study the perception and prevalent opinion regarding the current status of PICU training in southern India. Methods: 100 Pediatric residents of various institutions of South India with > 3 months of PICU training were asked to respond to a set questionnaire by e mail, on line over a one year period. All residents who participated in ventilation workshop, conducted at SRMC and RI(Sri Ramachandra medical college and Rajiv Gandhi institute) during 2014 and 2015, were selected for the survey. Residents with PICU training of less than 3 months were not included in the study. Response of the 45 residents was finally put to analysis who responded with answering all questions during the survey. Results: 55 % of the residents felt PICU posting was stressful. Regarding total duration of PICU posting 57% residents thought 6 months and 33% thought 8 months are required during post graduation. Only 77% were confident in recognising and managing critical care illness independently at the end of postgraduate training. 91% thought that undergoing BLS (Basic life support) and PALS (Pediatric advanced life support) training prior to PICU posting should be mandatory. Only 71% participated in Simulation Based Learning Programmes during post graduation. Conclusion: All 45 residents felt that PICU training, though stressful, was interesting, increased the overall confidence and was very much needed as part of their post graduate training. Majority felt that undergoing BLS (Basic life support) and PALS (Pediatric advanced life support) training prior to PICU posting should be mandatory.

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