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Original Research Paper

The outlook of first professional medical students: do we need to guide them? a study from India

Authors:

O. Chawla,

Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital Ram Nagar, Patiala-140601, IN
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Department of Physiology
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M. Bhattacharjee,

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi-110029, IN
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Department of Physiology
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N. K. Kansal,

Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital Ram Nagar, Patiala-140601, IN
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Department of Dermatology and Venereology
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Naveen Kumar Kansal

Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital Ram Nagar, Patiala-140601, IN
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Department of Dermatology and Venereology
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Abstract

Objectives: The rapid expansion in the number of medical colleges in India calls for analysis of the aspirations of students who enrol into these colleges. A number of studies have been conducted on similar lines in various countries. This study is an attempt to explore the outlook of medical students in a college in Northern India.

 

Methods: A set of four open ended questions was given to first year medical students. The questions were related to various aspects such as, reasons for choosing a medical career, expectations from the medical college, time management and learning methods. The students            ‟ responses were grouped into a number of categories, although no predefined choices were given.

 

Results: The percentage distribution of responses of the students to each question was calculated. The results indicated that most students chose a career in medicine due to parental pressure, their expectations from medical colleges were mainly teacher-oriented, they had poor awareness of time management skills and they mostly used traditional learning methods.

 

Conclusions: The students need to be made aware about time management strategies and optimal learning methods. We suggest that medical colleges in India introduce a structured orientation program, in which these aspects are introduced to students by experts in the respective fields.
How to Cite: Chawla, O., Bhattacharjee, M., Kansal, N.K. and Kansal, N.K., 2015. The outlook of first professional medical students: do we need to guide them? a study from India. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 9(1), pp.46–49. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v9i1.96
Published on 30 Jun 2015.
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