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How Dutch medical residents perceive their competency as manager in the revised postgraduate medical curriculum
  1. Lizanne Berkenbosch1,
  2. Judith W M Brouns1,
  3. Ide Heyligers2,
  4. Jamiu O Busari3,4
  1. 1Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Atrium Medical Center, Henri Dunantstraat, Heerlen, Netherlands
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Atrium Medical Center, Henri Dunantstraat, Heerlen, Netherlands
  4. 4Department of Educational Development and Research, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr L Berkenbosch, Department of Pediatrics, Atrium Medical Center, Henri Dunantstraat 5, 6401 CX Heerlen, Netherlands; l.berkenbosch{at}


Introduction In 2005, competency based training was introduced into the curriculum of the postgraduate training of Dutch medical residents. The role as manager is one of the seven competencies and, compared to the other roles, it is presently thought to receive little attention during training. The goal of this study was to investigate medical residents' understanding of this competency and how they perceive their role as manager.

Methods In October 2009, 506 residents from different specialties in four teaching hospitals were invited via email to participate in the study. A 29-item Likert scale questionnaire was designed to investigate residents perceived healthcare management skills and knowledge in four management areas.

Results 177 of 506 residents (35%) responded to the survey. More than half of the residents (106/177, 60%) did not feel confident in their (contract) negotiating skills and 56% (98/175) stated that they lacked sufficient knowledge of how the Dutch healthcare system is financed and organised. The residents were most confident in their ability to handle feedback (151/177, 85%), medical information data registration (168/173, 97%), and how to allocate healthcare resources based on evidence based principles (143/173, 83%).

Conclusion These results demonstrate that residents in the Netherlands perceive their knowledge and skills in certain essential medical management concepts to be inadequate. The results suggest that a course in medical management should be considered as a mandatory part of the curricula of residency training programmes.

  • Medical residents
  • management competency
  • self-assessment
  • education & training (see medical education & training)
  • health economics
  • change management
  • clinical governance
  • medical education & training

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Atrium Medical Centre Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.