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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 185-188

Skill building programme in population-based research for medical undergraduates: Learners' feedback

1 Professor, Department of Community Medicine; University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine; University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

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S Chaturvedi
Professor, Department of Community Medicine; University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 19189817

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Objectives & Methods: A training programme in population-based research was introduced for interns in 1993, in a Delhi medical school. Guided by the persistent feedback from learners, the timing of such training was advanced to MBBS para-clinical phase in 1999 - integrated with 10 months first slot of community medicine posting. Present article analyzes learners' feedback on this newly designed training programme from 16 consecutive batches from 2002-2006. Results: In 7 of the 9 units of learning, around 90% of the students rated their participatory involvement at >=3 points on a 5 point rating scale. This rating was best in data collection (97.8%); and identification of research question (97.6%) - and least in presentation of report (48.7%); and report writing (61.8%). For 77.6% of the students, this was their first hands-on experience in population-based research. Over 55% of the students expressed their willingness to maintain their interest in population-based research after finishing the community medicine posting. On the other hand, 22.6% distinctly expressed their unwillingness in this regard. Main reasons cited by unwilling/not sure students were: 'low level of personal interest in population-based research' (39.7); 'such activity was not contributory in getting admission to postgraduate courses' (33.2%); and 'Not so useful in likely job responsibilities' (21.2%). Almost half (48.9%) of the students chose para-clinical phase as most suitable period of MBBS for such learning exposure. Pre-clinical; clinical; and internship phases were preferred by 19.7%, 13.9%, and 10.7% respectively. Conclusion: Present feedback provides us a broad direction in opting for the para-clinical phase where exposure to population-based research can be effectively placed on a systematic basis, without extra resources.

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