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'Soft and fluffy': Medical students' attitudes towards psychology in medical education
Gallagher, Stephen; Wallace, Sarah; Nathan, Yoga; McGrath, Deirdre
Psychology is viewed by medical students in a negative light. In order to understand this phenomenon, we interviewed 19 medical students about their experiences of psychology in medical education. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Four main themes were generated: attitudes, teaching culture, curriculum factors and future career path; negative attitudes were transmitted by teachers to students and psychology was associated with students opting for a career in general practice. In summary, appreciation of psychology in medical education will only happen if all educators involved in medical education value and respect each other's speciality and expertise. ACCEPTED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): behavioural and social science; graduate entry students; psychology; social sciences; curriculum; barriers; care
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Journal of Health Psychology;20 (1), pp. 91-101
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications
First Indexed: 2015-03-13 05:34:02 Last Updated: 2015-11-04 05:46:08