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Perceptions of training in gonioscopy

Feng, R; Luk, SMH; Wu, CHK; Crawley, L; Murdoch, I; (2019) Perceptions of training in gonioscopy. Eye , 33 (11) pp. 1798-1802. 10.1038/s41433-019-0498-8. Green open access

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Purpose: To evaluate ophthalmology trainees’ perception of their gonioscopy learning experience in the Ophthalmology Specialty Training programme. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional electronic survey was conducted amongst ophthalmology trainees across London Deaneries. The ten questions survey collected parameters, including training grade, previous level of gonioscopy training, confidence in performing the procedure, level of satisfaction with the training formats received, potential barriers and improvements to the training programme. The respondents were also invited to express any additional comments. Results: Fifty-seven complete responses were analysed. The respondents included 25 junior trainees (ST1–3) and 32 senior trainees (ST4–7 and fellows). One-fifth of the respondents (11/57) were unconfident in performing gonioscopy, the majority being junior trainees (9/11). Over a quarter of the respondents were dissatisfied with the quantity of the gonioscopy training received. Teaching formats, such as consultant teaching (mean 8.0 ± 0.50), self-directed learning (mean 8.0 ± 0.38) and small-group tutorials (mean 7.6 ± 1.6) were all well received. Overall, lack of clinical time was considered as the major barrier to gonioscopy training; however, lack of training was considered as the major barrier in the low-confidence group. Conclusions: This study highlighted ophthalmology trainees’ dissatisfaction in the current gonioscopy training curriculum and a lack of confidence in performing the procedure. Appropriate modifications to the Ophthalmology Specialty Training programme could enhance trainees’ gonioscopy learning experience.

Type: Article
Title: Perceptions of training in gonioscopy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41433-019-0498-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41433-019-0498-8
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102056
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