An opinion survey of a five-year postgraduate training programme in general surgery was conducted using a questionnaire. The residents who responded indicated that the use of learning objectives needed to be given greater emphasis. They felt that learning objectives should be more clearly defined and be communicated with the learners and the instructors at an early stage in the programme. While the opportunity for learning theoretical concepts in surgery was rated as a strong feature of the programme, learning practical skills, it was pointed out, needed augmenting.
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