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Unfortunately, the issue this article raises poses serious challenges to the quality of treatment patients receive, the quality of training programs, and the quality of experience doctors should gain by adequate supervision of junior doctors and overseeing patients' care.
A common hypothetical of junior doctors making errors in diagnosis that are unlikely to be detected without appropriate supervision, may lead to harming patients. In such a case scenario, a patient who receives a wrong diagnosis is likely to suffer endlessly, because follow up would be, in most cases, based on a diagnosis rendered by inexperienced junior trainees, and wrong diagnoses are unlikely to be questioned by supervisors who do not fulfill their duties conscientiously.
Not addressing this problem sets off alarm bells: who, in the near future will be adequately qualified to diagnose and manage diseases with overlapping symptoms? And if junior, inexperienced doctors continue to run hospital departments unsupervised, how will supervisors and trainees gain adequate experience? And how will the public trust in the profession of medicine be maintained?
No competing interests
27 November 2017
Aceil Q. Al-Khatib
Assistant professor in Oral Medicine and Oral Medicine specialist in King Abdullah University Hospital
Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine and Surgery, Jordan University of Science and Technology.