The impact of sensitizing 1st year undergraduate medical students to research methodology

J Educ Health Promot. 2022 Mar 23;11:88. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_749_21. eCollection 2022.


BACKGROUND: Research is a core essential component of evidence-based medicine. The current study was undertaken to sensitize the undergraduate medical students the concept of biomedical research to sharpen their clinical skills.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This educational interventional study was done with a systemic random sample of 120 medical students in a tertiary care hospital. A workshop on biomedical research was conducted by the institutional ethics and medical education committee members followed by group activity regarding how to write the protocol of a research study. The protocols were then assessed using prestructured checklist by facilitators and feedback from the students and facilitators were assessed using student t-score.

RESULTS: The pretest (5.86 ± 1.75) scores and posttest scores (11.82 ± 2.47) of multiple choice questions and open-ended questions showed statistically significant difference. The feedback of students showed that 49.48% of students strongly agreed that contents discussed in the workshop were adequate, 61.85% agreed about better understanding of the topics of the workshop, 60.80% agreed that their queries and doubts are cleared, 53.6% agreed that the workshop motivates them to do research, and 44.3% agreed that they will attend the similar workshops in future. The protocols submitted by groups of students using the checklist showed 26%-80% scores.

CONCLUSION: The student’s knowledge on research methodology was significantly improved and teaching basic research methods to medical students at an early stage motivates the student to do research.

PMID:35573616 | PMC:PMC9093634 | DOI:10.4103/jehp.jehp_749_21


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