Introduction There has been no recent review of genital dermatology (GD) training for GUM trainees. The 2010 GUM specialist registrar curriculum states specific learning objectives that trainees should meet by CCT.
Aim In order to evaluate and improve training, the BASHH GD Special Interest Group (SIG) conducted an online survey to assess specialist registrar training in GD.
Methods The survey was designed through Survey Monkey and cascaded to trainees across the UK in 2014.
Results 42 trainees responded, representing several deaneries (50% London) and grades. 68% of trainees receive GD training through adhoc clinical teaching; 85% through formal lectures. 26%, 32%, 37% have attended specialist GD clincs by gynaecologist, GUM physician, dermatologist respectively. Mean confidence in managing specific conditions varied from 5 (vulval pain syndromes) to 7.5 (fungal infections) (1–10 confidence scale). 47% were ≥7/10 confident in topical steriod use (1–10 confidence scale). Independently able to perform procedures: 21% punch biopsies, 63% fungal scrapings, 15% curettage.
50% of trainees are satisfied with GD training with 69% feeling they will be adequately trained by CCT. 58% would like a formal qualification in GD to be available.
Discussion Training in GD is variable with mixed confidence in diagnosis, treatment and practical procedures. Many trainees feel training could be improved with requests for a formalised attachment, formal qualification and greater training in practical procedures.
The BASHH GD SIG, in liaison with BASHH, aims to optimise GD training for registrars. Plans for improved resources are in progress, including a practical skills course and e-learning.
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