Attitudes Driving the Selection of Medical career and Pre-existing Knowledge Regarding Curriculum among the First Year Medical students

Dutt, Aswini R. and *, Satish Kumar NS and Pallath, Vinod and Rao, Jagadish Padubidri and D S'ouza, Neevan DR and Bhat , Shankar K (2014) Attitudes Driving the Selection of Medical career and Pre-existing Knowledge Regarding Curriculum among the First Year Medical students. Journal of Research in Medical Education & Ethics, 4 (3). pp. 239-244.

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Background: To become a doctor is the ambition of many students. To treat patients and put them on the road to recoveryg ivesa n immensed elight, somethingo ne will not get from many of the professionsE. ach year,s tudentsg et admitted to medical colleges with definitive objectives, attitudes and pre-existing knowledge. Students wrth humanitarian touch, service-orientedm inds aiming towards global health-cares hould take this profession.A warenessa bout this professionw ould certainly help to removet heir misconceptionsa nd achievet heir aims. In order to ascertaint his preexisting knowledge regarding medical training, to study their attitudes and difference in knowledge if any, bas6d on gendera nd nationality amongn ewly joined students,t he presents tudyw as carriedo ut. Methods: We included ninety studentsw ho hadj ustj oined for their first yearc ourseo f a privateU niversityM edical Collegei n Karnatakas tate,I ndia. Content, construct validity and test-retest reliability were applied to a questionnaire that was developed by the investigators.R esponsesw ere compiled and statisticallya nalysed.R esults: The resultsr evealedt hat motivation for selectingt his professions eemsto be socials ervice( 75.3%) and for financial gains( 19.1%).M ales (61.8%)a nd females (83.6%) had this opinion. High percentageso f the entire study group were unaware of the intricacies of learning medicine. Conclusion: Humanitarian service as the reason behind opting for medical course is declining and rather financial motivation is increasing. The students were unaware ofthe training process and theyneed to develop qualities like socialc ommitment,p rofessionalc ourtesya nd compasston.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical student, Curriculum, Training programme, Motivation, Attitudes, Knowledge, Learning
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 07:07
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2015 06:51

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