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Table 1 Comparable questions posed to interns and their supervisors

From: Perceptions of the preparedness of medical graduates for internship responsibilities in district hospitals in Kenya: a qualitative study

Questions to interns Questions to interns’ supervisors
Do you feel the following are the main functions of an intern in a Kenyan context? Do you feel the following are the main functions of an intern in a Kenyan context?
Diagnose and manage common clinical problems Diagnose and manage common clinical problems
Request investigations and interpret results of common tests Request investigations and interpret results of common tests
Prescribe medicines Prescribe medicines
Perform common procedures Perform common procedures
Recognize and treat common emergencies Recognize and treat common emergencies
Resuscitate unstable patients Resuscitate unstable patients
Monitor patient’s clinical progress Monitor patient’s clinical progress
Communicate with patient/family Communicate with patient/family
Obtain informed consent Obtain informed consent
Write discharge summary and coordinate patient follow up Write discharge summary and coordinate patient follow up
Balance work priorities Balance work priorities
Communicate with the clinical team Communicate with the clinical team
Seek advice/ know when to refer others? Seek advice/ know when to refer others?
How well prepared were you for these roles? How well prepared were the interns for these roles?
What procedures were you expected to do and how well prepared were you to do them? What procedures would you expect an intern to do and how well prepared were they to do them?
How skilled were you to perform the following tasks: How skilled were interns to perform the following tasks:
Diagnose and manage common clinical problems Diagnose and manage common clinical problems
Request investigations and interpret results of common tests Request investigations and interpret results of common tests
Prescribe medicines Prescribe medicines
Perform common procedures Perform common procedures
Recognize and treat common emergencies Recognize and treat common emergencies
Resuscitate unstable patients Resuscitate unstable patients
Monitor patient’s clinical progress Monitor patient’s clinical progress
Communicate with patient/family Communicate with patient/family
Obtain informed consent Obtain informed consent
Write discharge summary and coordinate patient follow up Write discharge summary and coordinate patient follow up
Balance work priorities Balance work priorities
Communicate with the clinical team Communicate with the clinical team
Seek advice/ know when to refer Seek advice/ know when to refer
Which groups of common clinical problems did you feel competent to deal with or not? Which groups of common clinical problems do you feel interns are competent to deal with or not?
Maternal problems related to pregnancy and child birth Maternal problems related to pregnancy and child birth
Neonatal problems Neonatal problems
Problems of early childhood Problems of early childhood
Unstable clinical problems in adults requiring hospitalization Unstable clinical problems in adults requiring hospitalization
Acute illness requiring intensive care Acute illness requiring intensive care
Stable clinical problems including chronic illnesses that could be managed on an ambulatory basis Stable clinical problems including chronic illnesses that could be managed on an ambulatory basis
Medical, surgical, obstetrical and paediatric emergencies Medical, surgical, obstetrical and paediatric emergencies
What were your main challenges as an intern? What do you feel are the main challenges facing an intern at a district hospital??
Was there anything you felt ill prepared for? In our discussion with interns they expressed the following about their experience of medical school; what do you think?
Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience with interns that we have not covered?
How well are you supported as an intern? What support does an intern at your hospital receive?
Are you planning to pursue PGME?  
If you were planning UGME curriculum, what would you include to ensure interns are effective in district hospitals in Kenya? If you were planning UGME curriculum, what would you include to ensure interns are effective in district hospitals in Kenya?