Procedural Skills Training in Medical Undergraduate Curriculum, a Multi Center Study from 3 Universities in Southern Iran

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M Moghadami 1 , Mitra Amini 2 , * , A Mahbudi 3 , E Raeeat Doost 4 , B Panahi 4

1 Assisstant professor of Internal Medicine Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

2 Associate professor of Education Development Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

3 Assisstant professor of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

4 General Practitioner of Jahrom University of Medical Sciences

How to Cite: Moghadami M, Amini M, Mahbudi A, Raeeat Doost E, Panahi B. Procedural Skills Training in Medical Undergraduate Curriculum, a Multi Center Study from 3 Universities in Southern Iran, J Med Edu. 2009 ; 13(4):e105413. doi: 10.22037/jme.v13i4.4523.

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Journal of Medical Education: 13 (4); e105413
Published Online: May 25, 2013
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: May 25, 2013
Accepted: May 25, 2013
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Abstract

Background and purpose: Training in basic clinical and procedural skills is considered an important part of the core medical undergraduate curriculum. There are some reasons to assume that junior doctors are not adequately trained in these skills. Due to the lack of enough information on skills competence of our students, this study was designed in 3 medical schools in southern Iran to evaluate whether students expectations of current training programs are fulfilled.Method: The subjects of this study were 7th year medical students at Shiraz, Jahrom and Fassa Medical Schools in southern Iran. Through a questionnaire the students were asked to rate the necessity of each procedure (importance rating) and the quality of preparation based on a Likert’s scale (from 1as not at all important or prepared to 5 as very important or well prepared) and also the frequency of doing such procedures during their education.Results: In spite of the fact that the students found such procedures as chest tube insertion, IV cannulation , splinting, joint aspiration, cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation, pleural and peritoneal fluid aspiration, pelvic examination, pap smear, phlebotomy, urinary catheterization and supra pubic aspiration very important, they told that they had not been well prepared to do them.Procedural skills that at least 50% of the respondents performed less than 2 times were: chest tube insertion, IV cannulation, splinting, joint aspiration, pleural and peritoneal fluid aspiration, pelvic examination, pap smear, cardio pulmonary cerebral resuscitation and supra pubic aspiration.Conclusion: Training in procedural skills needs to be given more attention and improved in the medical curriculum.

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