Interest and competence in leadership and management among newly qualified specialists in Finland

Heli Parviainen, Juulia Kärki, Hanna Kosonen, Heli Halava

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Background Medical faculties in Finland are responsible for the quality and content of continuous medical education programmes that also includes compulsory management studies (10 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The aim of this study is to evaluate medical specialists’ experiences of the compulsory management studies and their attitudes towards leaders and managers.

Methods The Universities of Turku and Tampere conducted a survey among doctors who completed their specialist training between 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2019. Of these doctors, 83 completed the survey (response rate 25%). The analysis was carried out using a cross-table, and in the visual analysis, a box plot has been used.

Results Of the respondents, 38% were content with management and leadership studies, and they reported a particular need for improving skills in human resources management, healthcare economy, legislation, organisational management, and social and healthcare systems. Most respondents (83%) showed interest in future leadership roles.

Conclusions The findings of this study show that newly qualified doctors do wish for added education and training in management and leadership.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Leader
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Oct 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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