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Attitudes and perspectives of first year medical students towards a six day foundation course

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A. Ray ,

Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mangalore, IN
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Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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V. Kumar,

Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mangalore, IN
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Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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M. Prathima

Srinivas Institute of Medical sciences and Research, Mangalore, IN
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Department of Community Medicine
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Abstract

Introduction: The importance of orientation courses for medical entrants cannot be over emphasized and research in this area of medical education would help improve these courses and bring about effectiveness as well as some degree of universality in their content, duration and implementation. This paper was written with the aim of bringing to light the salient features of a course conducted at our institute and the feedback of students regarding the programme.

 

Methods: We conducted a six-week orientation course for new entrants. This course included sessions on Basic Life Support, Medical Literature Search, Early Clinical Exposure and Communication Skills. Pre and post course attitudes for these four domains were measured and compared by noting the participants’ agreement with a predefined set of statements using a Likert’s scale.

 

Results: One-hundred-and-eight students out of a total of 120 responded to our questionnaire. There was a significant improvement (p<0.05) in the attitude scores for all four domains. Using Cronbach’s alpha we found good reliability for these attitude scores.

 

Conclusion: We conclude that the course had a positive impact on the new entrants as it resulted in a significant improvement in their attitude scores in all the domains selected in our study. The description of the course could serve as a sample for designing more such courses with changes suited to individual institutions. In the future we aim to have focused group discussions and in depth interviews with students and faculty as a means of triangulation and to help improve the course in our own institute.
How to Cite: Ray, A., Kumar, V. and Prathima, M., 2015. Attitudes and perspectives of first year medical students towards a six day foundation course. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 9(2), pp.43–49. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v9i2.83
Published on 28 Dec 2015.
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