An Odyssey through Medical Students’ Life-An International Experience

Maya, R and Reem, RR and Akshatha, GN (2014) An Odyssey through Medical Students’ Life-An International Experience. National Journal of Laboratory Medicine, 3 (2). pp. 6-9.

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Introduction: Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC), India, offers a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme of 5 years duration. Majority (98%) of students in this programme are Malaysians. The present study was intended to explore students’ perspectives about the academic and non-academic aspects of their life in the campus.Methods: Students (n=126) of the first year of the MBBS programme, living in the campus for 10 months, were included in the study. They were asked to respond to a questionnaire consisting of 18 items each in the academic and non-academic categories and the responses were analysed.Results: Students felt that the content of the syllabus in the first year was adequate(85%) and clinically oriented(70%). They found faculty approachable, accessible outside class hours(92%) and inspirational to achieve higher goals(84%). They felt that their feedback was valued(82%) and assessment methods effective(74%). However, they opined that the work load was too heavy(70%), teaching hours too long and as a result concentration in class difficult(78%). An attendance requirement of 90% for appearing for the final examination was a matter of concern(70%). They also wished they had more avenues (77%) and time (83%), for relaxation after class.Conclusion: The students were able to appreciate the strengths of the academic programme as well as motivational attributes of the faculty. Guidance regarding time management may be in order to help them manage their workload.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessible; Approachable; Inspirational; Manipal; Melaka
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Biochemistry
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 04:23
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 04:23

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