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Perceptions of the Medical Students in King Abdul-Aziz University of Clinical Skills Module Preparing Them for the Clerkships

Author(s): Nasra N. Ayuob | Basem S. Eldeek | Amro M. Al-Hibshi

Journal: Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2040-8765

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 125;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Clinical skills mod | medical students | perceptions

This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of clinical skills module in preparing fourth year medical students to their clerkships and to compare the students perceptions of their clinical skills before the start and after the completion of this module. The Medical College of King AbdulAziz University had introduced the “clinical skill module” to the fourth year students of the new curriculum for the first time in 2009/2010 in order to prepare the students for clerkships. A comparative cross sectional study was conducted on 4th year before the start and after finishing the module. A well constructed questionnaire, included clinical skills that are taught in the clinical module, was distributed to the all fourth year students. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) software version 16 (2005). The results showed that the perceptions of the 4th year students about most of the studied clinical skills were significantly higher after the completion of the module when compared to those before the module had been started. Although the marked improvement in the students perception of most of the clinical skills, the scores of this perception were not optimum and there should be a continuous training of the students during their required clerkships in order to upgrade their clinical competence by the time of graduation. Conclusions, the introduction of clinical skill module enhanced the fourth year medical students' acquisition of the clinical competencies and prepared them to their clerkships. These results based on students perceptions before and after the module delivery.
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