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Preparing students to be doctors: introduction of a sub-internship program.
Robb, William B; Falk, Gavin A; Khan, W H; Hill, Arnold DK
<p>The origingal article is available at <a href="http://www.imj.ie">www.imj.ie</a></p> <p>Preparing graduates for the transformation from medical student to doctor provides medical schools with a real challenge. Medical educators advocate a process of graduated delegation of responsibility in the clinical years of medical school. This is best exemplified in the North American system of sub-internship programmes; an educational approach which European medical schools have been slow to adopt. This study reports on the introduction of an intensive two-week surgical sub-internship for final medical year students. "Sub-interns" were asked to complete pre and post sub-internship online questionnaires assessing their readiness to perform clinical and practical skills, attitudes towards the program, and how well it prepared students for internship. Forty-nine students completed a questionnaire pre sub-internship and 47 completed the post-questionnaire. Student confidence towards practical and clinical skills and their first day at work increased over the two weeks. Mean Iikert scores for all 6 practical and clinical skills improved post sub-internship. The introduction of a surgical sub-internship is timely and welcomed by medical students. Its development helps bridge the gap in responsibilities between medical student and doctor.</p>
Keyword(s): Clinical Competence; Curriculum; Education; Medical; Undergraduate; Educational Measurement; Female; General Surgery; Humans; Ireland; Male; Questionnaires; Young Adult; Medicine and Health Sciences; Surgery
Publication Date:
2009
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Citation(s): Robb WB, Falk GA, Khan WH, Hill AD. Preparing students to be doctors: introduction of a sub-internship program. Irish Medical Journal. 2009;102(10):323-6.
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://epubs.rcsi.ie/surgart/17
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