The Opinions of Medical Interns about the Acquired Basic Clinical Skills


Zahra Jalili 1 , * , Nouzar Nakhaee 1 , Esmat Nouhi 2

1 Iran

2 Education Development Center (EDC), Iran

How to Cite: Jalili Z , Nakhaee N, Nouhi E. The Opinions of Medical Interns about the Acquired Basic Clinical Skills, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2005 ; 2(2):e57792.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 2 (2); e57792
Published Online: December 25, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 09, 2017
Accepted: August 20, 2005




Background: Establishing centers for clinical skills training in medical schools with the purpose of
improving students’ ability in practical skills has provided an adequate environment for practicing in an
experimental setting and consequently can be effective in decreasing the rate of probable mistakes in real
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the opinions of interns in Kerman University of Medical
Sciences about the rate and sources of acquired basic clinical skills through self- evaluation.
Methods: All available interns of Kerman School of Medicine (including 120 ones) who had passed the
clinical skills course participated in this cross- sectional study in 2004. Data were gathered by an investigatormade
questionnaire and analyzed by using t-test and ANOVA.
Results: Based on the results, most of the respondents (90.8%) believed in the necessity of a specific course
as clinical skills in medical education program. In regard to the rate of acquired skills, “vital signs
measurement”, “nasogastric tube insertion” and “patient communication skills” got the highest mean scores
(18.35, 17.76 and 17.3 respectively) in interns’ self-evaluation, while the lowest mean scores belonged to
“cauterization”, “intubation” and “using surgical set” (9.09, 12.84 and 14.11 respectively). The percent of
self-evaluation total score was 76.7%. In regard to the source of acquiring clinical skills, “clinical skills
center” (41%), “self- learning” (29%) and “professors and others” (27%) obtained the highest percents
Conclusion: Considering the low self- evaluation scores in some skills and the highest percent for clinical
skills center as source of acquiring clinical skills, improving the quality of training in this center and
expanding its activities are necessary.


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