Document Type

Article

Department

Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Family Medicine

Abstract

Objective: To determine perception of medical students about learning from integrated simulated clinical skill sessions as part of the undergraduate curriculum.
Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted at the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, from July 2018 to February 2019, and comprised first year medical students undertaking the Respiration and Circulation module of the curriculum. Quantitative data was collected using a questionnaire and the responses were assessed on a five-point Likert scale. Data was analysed using SPSS 21. Qualitative data was gathered through focused group discussion with students and an in-depth interview with the facilitator conducting the sessions. The data was subjected to thematic analyses.
Results: Of the 161 subjects, 71(44%) participated in the session I and 90(56%) in the session II. Altogether 68(96%) students in session I and 81(90%) in session II believed integrated sessions to be effective in achieving learning objectives, and 65(92%) in session I and 79(88 %) in session II found them motivating, while 61(86%) in session I and 76(84%) in session II expressed the confidence that they had accomplished learning objectives and felt they had learned practical clinical skills; session I, 59(84%), session II, 73(81%). Qualitative analysis revealed that these sessions enhanced understanding of the subject matter and student engagement.
Conclusions: Integrated clinical skills sessions improved students' interest, engagement and confidence. It should be implemented in undergraduate medical teaching curriculum.

Publication

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association

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