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Is it safe to let young specialist doctors look after patients unsupervised?
 

Is it safe to let young specialist doctors look after patients unsupervised?

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Being a doctor is unlike any other job in the world. This is as doctors are responsible for their patients’ lives. In other words, they have the biggest responsibility of all jobs. For those who choose to specialise in a particular medical field, their journey is different from that of general doctors. Specialist doctors often have to wait a while before getting to do things on their own terms. Are they good enough to be left on their own to deal with patients? Will the hospitals be fine with only young doctors on duty?
 
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23 Aug 2016 - General
 
I also don't believe it is a reckless thing to do. The renowned physicians and surgeons who we consider as our mentors, were also junior doctors once. If they did not take that chance and got hands on experience on procedures, they would not have been as good as how they are now at what they do. Everyone's got to start at some point and that point is now. We don't just do something on a patient. Doctors know what to do, they know how it's done, what can go wrong and what to do w...
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I have to say the title of the article is somewhat misleading, as the article itself seems like it is trying to refer to the those in training and not the ones who are done. When finished with specialization training it means that you are deemed competent to go out and use that training. While in specialty training, the doctor is under supervision and guidance plus this doctor is left responsible to read on their own time to enhance their knowledge. There has to be some level of freedom as ...
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I have learned from things that I have done on my own as much as I have being under the supervision of seniors. In my opinion, when someone is watching you, and is telling you every step of the process, your body is only obeying someone else's commands. It is doing it by yourself when nobody is there to help you that you learn the best. Obviously you need to have a very good understanding of what you are going to do, for that you need to be well educated and you need to have seen someone els...
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This is the reason why there is a medical hierarchy in training. From a medical clerk to an intern to a resident. I agree that there should be direct supervision, even for basic procedures that's going to be done for the first time. Even if its just a simple urethral catheterization, there is still a complication to it. In fact, medical supervision starts as early as second year in medical school wherein students are supervised by professors when taking the history and doing a physical exam....
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You Yi Hong I totally agree with you. Any type of training inside the hospital, including nurses, pharmacists, and medical technologists, should be under the supervision of a mentor or a senior staff. Education is obtained through medical books but learning takes place with experience. It is the responsibility of the mentors to ensure that young doctors will learn how to do a procedure and even conduct him/hersel...
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All the trainee doctors, including interns/house officers, senior house officer/medical officers, registrar, specialist registrar, and fellow should be supervised directly or indirectly by their trainer, until they are proven to be competent in certain aspect or procedure, to be independent in performing some task. The trainee doctors should always aware about their limitation, and “ask for help or guidance” when required. But, once they have finish their specialist or fellow training, and obtai...
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