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Residential Rural Training Program in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact On Doctors and Medical Students

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A. R. Johnson,

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore- 560034, IN
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Department of Community Health
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S. Rathnakumari,

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore- 560034, IN
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Department of Community Health
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F. N. Fathima ,

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore- 560034, IN
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Department of Community Health
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B. Joseph

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore- 560034, IN
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Department of Community Health
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Abstract

Background: Since the last 40 years, first year medical students at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India have undergone a residential Rural Orientation Program (ROP). This study aimed to evaluate the impact of ROP on medical students and practicing doctors who have attended this program during undergraduate training.

 

Methods: A qualitative study was conducted among alumni and medical students of St. John’s Medical College, using an open-ended questionnaire sent electronically to assess their perspective of ROP, as well as reflective narratives on their ROP experience. Thematic data analysis was done using inductive coding.

 

Results: From 287 responses, the main themes identified under Impact of ROP were ‘better learning/understanding of Community Medicine’, ‘benefits in medical career’ and ‘soft skills development’. We found that ROP is perceived as a unique opportunity for interaction of students with rural communities, a first-hand experience towards understanding rural ways of life, sensitization to the needs of rural people and effective understanding of the basic concepts of community medicine. ROP is reported to have had an impact in terms of enhanced professional skills, basic research skills and soft skills like improved communication abilities and teamwork. It was perceived that ROP helped develop empathy for the underprivileged and was a strong influencer in the decision to commit to two years of rural service.

 

Conclusion: The ROP has had a highly positive impact on those who participated in it as undergraduate medical students. The success of ROP as a pedagogic strategy in terms of its impact, iterates and emphasises the need for such immersive and experiential learning through residential rural training programs in medical colleges.

How to Cite: Johnson, A.R., Rathnakumari, S., Fathima, F.N. and Joseph, B., 2020. Residential Rural Training Program in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact On Doctors and Medical Students. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 14(2), pp.93–99. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v14i2.223
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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