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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 271-276

Perceptions about training during endocrinology residency programs in India over the years: A cross-sectional study (PEER India Study)

1 Department of Endocrinology, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Venkateshwar Hospitals, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Kalpravriksh Superspeciality Clinic, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Endocrinology, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
5 Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, India
6 Department of Endocrinology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajesh Khadgawat
Department of Endocrinology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijem.IJEM_530_16

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Background: Residents' perception on quality of endocrinology training in India is not known. This study aimed to evaluate the perceptions about endocrinology residency programs in India among current trainees as compared to practicing endocrinologists. Methods: Trainees attending a preconference workshop at the annual conference of Endocrine Society of India (ESI) were given a questionnaire designed to evaluate their perceptions on their training. These evaluated the reasons for choosing endocrinology, their experiences during residency, and career plans. Practicing endocrinologists attending ESICON with at least 5-year experience were evaluated as controls. Results: Questionnaires from 63 endocrine trainees and 78 practicing endocrinologists were analyzed. Endocrinology is perceived to be the super-specialty with the best quality of life (QOL) but fair with regard to financial remuneration. Among current trainees, 61.89%, 31.74%, and 34.91% are satisfied with training in clinical endocrinology, laboratory endocrinology, and clinical/translational research, respectively. The corresponding figures for practicing endocrinologists are 71.78%, 25.63%, and 30.75%, respectively. Exposure to national endocrinology conferences during their endocrinology residency was adequate. However, exposure to international endocrinology conferences, research publications, project writing, and grant application are limited. Laboratory endocrinology is rated as the most neglected aspect during endocrine residency. Most of the trainees want to establish their own clinical practice in the long run. Very few trainees (17.46%) wish to join the medical education services. Conclusion: There is a good perception of QOL in endocrinology in spite of average financial remuneration. There is dissatisfaction with the quality of training in laboratory endocrinology and clinical research. Very few endocrine trainees consider academics as a long-term career option in India.

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