IJAR.2016.483

Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 1 (January 2017)

Page No.: 3379-3383

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2016.483

THE RELEVANCE OF THE PRECLINICAL CURRICULUM DURING CLINICAL PRACTICE: INTERNS’ PERSPECTIVE IN A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE

Seema Deepak *1, K.R. Dakshayani 2, Manjunatha S.N 3.

*1 Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, M.M.C & R.I, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

2 Professor & Head, Department of Anatomy, M.M.C & R.I, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

3 Associate Professor, Department of P & S M, M.M.C & R.I, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Correspondence address: Dr Seema Deepak, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, M.C & R.I, Mysore- 570001. Karnataka, India. Ph: 9844616603 E-Mail: seemadeepakmysore@gmail.com

ABSTRACT:

Background, context and the purpose of the study: Majority of the Indian medical colleges are following conventional discipline based curriculum with least interdisciplinary integration. Medical educators are of the opinion that lack of integration in the traditional curriculum has resulted in poor learning outcomes and students perceive the basic science subjects as irrelevant during their clinical practice.  The present study was undertaken to explore interns’ perception about the relevance of preclinical curriculum during clinical practice.

Objectives: To analyze interns’ perception about the relevance of preclinical subjects and practical training during clinical practice.

Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted at Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore using a pre validated, predesigned questionnaire containing 37 items administered to 50 interns. Descriptive statistics was applied and the results are presented as percentages.

Results: 70% of our students perceive preclinical subjects provide basic foundation for clinical skills / procedures. 46% feel that the curriculum lacks clinical relevance. 90% had to refer basic science subjects during their later years. 54% felt the need for clinical exposure in the first professional year. With regard to the practical training, the students are of the opinion that the basic clinical examination skills that were taught were very helpful. Further the students prefer to interpret the results than to perform some of the practical exercise that requires technical skills.

Conclusion: The study revealed the positive perception of students towards preclinical subjects and the areas for improvement.

Key words: Preclinical Curriculum, Medical Students, Perceptions.

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Cite this article: Seema Deepak, K.R. Dakshayani, Manjunatha S.N. THE RELEVANCE OF THE PRECLINICAL CURRICULUM DURING CLINICAL PRACTICE: INTERNS’ PERSPECTIVE IN A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(1):3379-3383. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.483
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