Year : 2015  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 35-38

Perceived influence of update courses on part one fellowship examination success

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria

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O. A. I. Otuka
Department of Ophthalmology, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-9171.170960

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Objective: Update courses in ophthalmology are organized in Nigeria with the aim of improving understanding of the basics of ophthalmology and also enhance chances of pass at the part one fellowship examination. It is assumed that the desired effect should be achieved at the end of the courses. This study was conducted to assess the candidates' views on impact of the program. Methods: A descriptive study involving administration of semi-structured questionnaires to consultants and residents was carried out. Information was sought on how participation in the prepart one update courses influenced their success at the examination. Results: Together, 84 respondents filled and returned the questionnaires. 51 (60.71%) were consultants and 33 (39.29%) were resident doctors. 44 (94.12%) of the consultants and all resident doctors participated in the update courses. 30 (63.83%) of the 47 consultants agreed that they understood the topics better, after the course. 16 (34.04%) responded that it assisted them to some extent, but one person felt it was no use. 18 (54.55%) of the resident doctors felt the update courses gave them a clearer insight, 13 (39.39%) said to some extent, and 2 (6.06%) concluded it was of no effect. 27 (81.82%) of the residents and 44 (93.62%) of the consultants agreed that the course contributed a lot to their success in the examination. Conclusion: Update courses have been found useful by majority of persons who participated in the study and should continue. Reorganization may be very helpful, especially, for those who felt that the courses made little or no impact on them.

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