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Interest and competence in leadership and management among newly qualified specialists in Finland
  1. Heli Parviainen1,
  2. Juulia Kärki2,
  3. Hanna Kosonen3,
  4. Heli Halava4,5
  1. 1 Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  2. 2 Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences (ITC), Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  3. 3 Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  4. 4 Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
  5. 5 Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Heli Parviainen, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, University of Tampere, Tampere, 33520, Finland; heli.parviainen{at}


Background Medical faculties in Finland are responsible for the quality and content of continuous medical education programmes that also includes compulsory management studies (10 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The aim of this study is to evaluate medical specialists’ experiences of the compulsory management studies and their attitudes towards leaders and managers.

Methods The Universities of Turku and Tampere conducted a survey among doctors who completed their specialist training between 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2019. Of these doctors, 83 completed the survey (response rate 25%). The analysis was carried out using a cross-table, and in the visual analysis, a box plot has been used.

Results Of the respondents, 38% were content with management and leadership studies, and they reported a particular need for improving skills in human resources management, healthcare economy, legislation, organisational management, and social and healthcare systems. Most respondents (83%) showed interest in future leadership roles.

Conclusions The findings of this study show that newly qualified doctors do wish for added education and training in management and leadership.

  • medical leadership
  • clinical leadership
  • competencies
  • trainees
  • curriculum

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  • Contributors Planning and conducting the survey HP (Tampere University) and HH (University of Turku)—we both are the responsible for planning, implementing and organising the management anf leaderships studies of the specialising doctors in our respective universities. Data analyses KJ (Tampere University). Reporting the work. HP, KJ, HK (Tampere University) and HH (University of Turku).

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.