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2010, Volume 26, Number 2, Page(s) 095-106     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2010.01005
Pathology Residency Training in Turkey from the Residents' Point of View: A Survey Study
Kemal KÖSEMEHMETOĞLU1, Ayça TAN2, Tuğçe ESEN3, Kıvılcım EREN ATEŞ4
1S.B. Ankara Atatürk Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Bölümü, ANKARA
2S.B. Tepecik Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Bölümü İZMİR
3Cerrahpaşa Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, İSTANBUL
4Çukurova Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ADANA, TÜRKİYE

1Departments of Pathology, M.H. Ankara Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, ANKARA
2Departments of Pathology, M.H. Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, İZMİR
3Departments of Pathology, Cerrahpaşa University, Faculty of Medicine, İSTANBUL
4Departments of Pathology, Çukurova University, Faculty of Medicine, ADANA, TURKEY

Keywords: Pathology, Residency training, Residents, Turkey

Objective: Recent insights that have emerged in local meetings with participation of pathology residents are promising as regards achieving progress in pathology residency training. Accordingly, in this study, overall pathology residency training in Turkey is discussed in detail from the pathology residents' point of view; current data and suggestions for the solutions of problems are presented.

Material and Method: Two questionnaires were applied to resident representatives and overall residents, respectively, from 23 institutions including 12 Universities and 11 Ministry of Health education and Research Hospitals.

Results: The total number of participating residents was 138; 74 from University hospitals and 64 from Education and Research Hospitals. An adequate number of cases per resident, widespread use of multiocular microscopes, increasing number of macroscopy technicians, ongoing educational meetings and renewal projects of the physical environment were the positive findings. However, the lack of autopsy practice, insufficient number of lectures, communication problems between resident and senior staff due to inadequate feedback mechanism, insufficient numbers of academic staff in education and research hospitals and lack of educational material in some basic branches of surgical pathology were negative findings. During pathology training, the major stress factor was the pathology workload inhibiting optimal learning. Feedback provision and scheduled working habits were the two qualities, which were needed to be improved by senior staff. Two fields, suggested by the senior residents to be incompetent were intraoperative consultation and cytopathology. When overall satisfaction for pathology residency training was considered, it was near 80% in Universities, while it remained around 40% in Education and Research Hospitals (p=0.000).

Conclusion: Positive and negative aspects addressed in this survey will provide data for the new regulations in pathology residency training in Turkey.

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