........................ From this message board, it seems like going to XXX Hospital and  XXX Hospital are kisses of death. What then should a good DGH be like? 

- new to the job June 27, 2004 at 22:06:48

Yes, it may appear from reading this board that there are alot of dodgy DGHs out there. Don't let that put you off. That is why this board can be so helpful, as these places do get exposed and that can only be a good thing in the long run, I think, as all DGHs should aspire to be the best, for their pt's sake, if nothing else. 

I worked in a poor DGH, before working in my current one, which is brilliant, and the difference was evident to me from day 1. not just in terms of surgery, but the whole ethos of the dept, from nurses right up to the consultants. The difference it has made to me has been immence. I almost feel I have had a teaching hosp standard experience, only a less busy one! 

In my region, my DGH is well recognised, and I think 1 or 2 SHOs made it onto the local SpR rotation straight away because of that, but I do not know if other regions recognise it in the same way. I worry all DGHs get tarred with the same brush, and won't take on any aspiring Reg to their scheme, unless they have come from another teaching hosp. 

A good DGH:, 
is concerned with your training, and will make enquiries to how it is progressing and find ways to reach your goals. 

Will encourage extracirricular academic activities. 

Have high expectations of your performance clinically, and will express their concern if they feel you are performing below par. 

Have an output of publications from the unit. 

Will be on the SpR Rotation 

I am sure there is more that can be added to the list, but I think that gives you a general idea

- Kate

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