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How do you supervise a doctor in training?
  1. Thomas James Whitfield1,2,
  2. Michael Flatley3,
  3. Paul Baker4
  1. 1 Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, UK
  3. 3 Department of Oncology, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds, UK
  4. 4 Health Education England, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas James Whitfield, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK; tomwhitfield{at}

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Junior doctor supervision is vitally important for trainee development and best patient care.1 2 Though the principles of good supervision are well described,3 4 there is some uncertainty expressed by doctors as to the purpose of supervision and how its objectives should be achieved.3 The pragmatics of supervision delivery are currently determined by the supervisors administering it who tend to be senior doctors with significant time commitments and therefore a knowledge of trainee preferences is useful when allocating time and effort. There is however limited information on the views of junior doctors on what works best in practice, which could inform administrators.

Our work captured the experiences and opinions of UK trainee doctors in their second year of training (Foundation year 2 (FY2)) who had experience of working in internal medicine. In reflecting these FY2s’ thoughts, we highlight what aspects of supervision are important to them and detail aspects which were well favoured.

Data were collected from focus groups to generate key themes of supervision which were then used to formulate a questionnaire. Focus groups were conducted …

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