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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-36

Audit as an Educational Package for Family Medicine Residents in Primary Health Care (PHC) Rotation

Postgraduate Center of Family Medicine (PCFM), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdul Ilah I Kutbi
Trainer and Consultant in Family Medicine, Postgraduate Center of Family & Community Medicine, PO Box 747, Riyadh 11342
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Background: The Saudi Board of Family and Community Medicine requires residents of family medicine to perform an audit during PHC rotation. The aim of the project is to introduce the residents to their future responsibilities towards improving health services in PHC setting. The Package: A series of small group discussion sessions introduces the concept of audit to residents. Each of them is then asked to audit one aspect of his work while in the rotation. The resident is assigned to a facilitator (assessor). At the end of the project the resident has to submit his work in a predetermined format. This format aims at helping the resident to comprehend his work, be concise and help the assessor to evaluate the work with considerable ease. Results: The package is evaluated through regular opinion surveys that provoke participants' satisfaction with the experience. It has resulted in assessor and resident satisfaction and has facilitated some change in our teaching practice. This paper will highlight some examples to demonstrate residents' attainment of managerial skills. Conclusion: This package enhanced residents' awareness of audit and increased their managerial skills. Services in the health centers, which these residents had tackled, were improved as well.

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