Yemesrach Abeje Tefera, Tewodros Getinet Yirtaw, Delayehu Bekele Mamo, Mekedim Tadesse siyoum


Introduction: Educational environment in a teaching hospital determine the engagement and motivation of residents and lead to greater achievement of educational outcomes.

Objective: To evaluate the educational environment as perceived by residents in the three domains of Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure and factors influencing their perception of this environment.

Methods: Institution based cross sectional study was conducted among all residents of St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College (N=87). This study used English version of the Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure to assess the educational environment for all residents of internal medicine, gynaecology, paediatrics, surgery and radiology speciality programs. Nonparametric methods of Mann-Whitney U for two independent samples and Kruskal-Wallis for multiple independent samples were used to measure the statistical significance.

Results: Eighty (92%) residents completed the questionnaire. The residents’ re­sponse scored 102.6 out of 160 maximum score in rating of Postgraduate Hospital Education Evaluation Measure that showed overall learning environment more positive than negative but with room for improvement. Out of 40 items, those that depicted mean values less than 2 were availability of an in­formative junior doctors handbook, clinical protocol, workload, quality of accommodation, and adequate catering facilities during on call hours. Gender and specialty programs had statistically significant association with perceptions of the educational environ­ment, (P<0.001).

Conclusion: Educational environment among residents remain positive with potential aspects for improvement. Specialty programs and gender were important factors influencing perceptions of the educational environ­ment. The college should be aware of the importance of equal participation of all specialty program and female residents in the improvement of educational environment plan. 

Keywords: Educational environment ,educational outcomes, SPHMMC


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