The Effect of Early Clinical Exposure on the Second-semester Medical Students` Attitude toward Medical Profession
Strides in Development of Medical Education: July 31, 2011, 8 (2); e59759
January 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 08, 2017
September 14, 2011
M J , Arabzadeh
S A M. The Effect of Early Clinical Exposure on the Second-semester Medical Students` Attitude toward Medical Profession,
Strides Dev Med Educ.
Background & Objectives: Even so much of the knowledge and skills of medical students is
aquiered during clinical course, in many educational systems, students are kept away from clinical
setting during their first academic years.
Methods: This study was an interventional study carried out by Educational Development Office
in the school of Medicine in 2009. All Second semester students were selected through census
method. Students' attitudes towards medical profession were evaluated using a questionnaire. The
validity of the questionnaire confirmed by a number of experts and its reliability was determined
using Cronbach's Alpha 0.65. Early clinical exposure course was held for subjects and within two
weeks after the course, they were asked to complete the questionnaire again. Each question was
rated using Likert scale and mean scores of each student before and after the intervention were
calculated and compared by using paired t-test.
Results: From 85 students, 62 ones completed the questionnaire before and after the course. From
all 36 ones (58 %) were female and 26 ones (42 %) were male. Mean age of students was 19.12(±
0.73) years and their mean average of the first semester was 16.24(± 1.1). There was no significant
difference between the students' attitude toward medical profession before and after the course.
Conclusion: Although the present study couldn't detect significant change in students' attitude
toward medical profession, the results of other studies show that early clinical exposure provides
an opportunity for the students to learn subjects practically and beyond mere theory.
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