I am a 4th year medical student. Medicine has always been very fascinating and challenging for me since the first day of med school. This interest evolved me as a person and eventually I started competing well in my rotations and otherwise. I have more than 2 years of experience working for many societies under very diverse positions and I have a strong grasp of statistics and manuscript writing. Creating hypotheses, managing data, formulating conclusions to execute research ideas are a few of my skills that have helped me in making my mark as a researcher.
Additionally, I enjoy both working independently or in a team, for I believe that the flow of ideas within one working unit has to be coherent enough for execution.
Primary Affiliation: Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Shifa College of Medicine - Islamabad , Pakistan
Background: Medical doctors are expected to conduct various researches according to the specific needs of their respective specialties and for this purpose there is growing consensus on exposing medical students to research from early years of medical education. We conducted a study to evaluate the effect of conducting research by undergraduate medical students on their summative scores. Summary of Work: A research program was initiated by the faculty of Shifa College of Medicine and third year medical students were invited to voluntarily participate in this research program. Most students came up with their own research ideas while some topics were provided by the faculty. A maximum of four students were placed in each group. Many students chose to get enrolled in more than one research groups. Twenty one percent of students participated in this program. Summary of Results: Prior to enrollment in this program, only two students had previously conducted medical research. A total of twenty one students got enrolled in different research programs. Fifteen students were interested but were unable to initiate any research due to pressure of studies. Sixty four students did not show any interest in joining this voluntary program. The mean score of students who were enrolled in the research program was 79.44±9.06 in summative assessment in first module of third year and was significantly higher than the summative scores of students who did not show any interest in the research program. The p-value for t-test was significant (p-value=0.004). Discussion and Conclusions: The results illustrate the fact that conducting research results in significant improvement in academic learning of the students as it stimulates learners to critically analyze theoretical knowledge. This thought process is crucial in processing complex concepts related to application of knowledge. Conducting basic and clinical medical research had a positive impact on the academic performance of the undergraduate medical students. Take Home Messages: Conducting research is a healthy activity for medical students at an early stage and prepares them to apply class room knowledge practically in clinical setting.
Background: Medical research at academic institutions helps healthcare systems as new knowledge is created. Faculty members actively involved in medical research further help their students with their updated knowledge and enhanced skills to critically analyze and interpret scientific data which is eventually imparted to their students. Students’ feedback for teachers’ evaluation is an integral part of medical education for continuous improvement in curriculum. Students may evaluate those faculty members better who keep their knowledge updated with current clinical practices and employ latest learning strategies in their teaching sessions. We conducted a study to assess the impact of teachers’ research background on their feedback given by students in a module. Summary of Work: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to correlate feedback score provided by third year medical students for faculty members conducting teaching sessions in one of the modules at Shifa College of Medicine with the recent and total number of research publications of the faculty. Summary of Results: The mean number of total publications of faculty members was 13.45±12.41 and the mean number of recently published articles in the last twelve months was 2.18±1.47. The mean feedback score for all faculty members on a five point scale was 4.73±0.14. The p-value for the t-test comparing mean number of recent publications and evaluation score was significant (p-value<0.001). The p-value for the t-test comparing mean number of total publications and evaluation score was also significant (p-value<0.05). Discussion and Conclusions: The t-test comparing mean number of recent publications and evaluation score was highly significant illustrating that students provide good feedback to the faculty who continuously update their knowledge and provide recent and high-yield facts in their sessions. The learners also provided positive feedback to faculty who had a comparatively better research profile as it helps create an environment conducive for innovative ideas and stimulate critical thinking of students. Take Home Messages: Participation of faculty members in research activities may improve their teaching skills, generate genuine interest for research among students and improve research output of students in the field of medicine.
Department of Community and Family Medicine, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Objective To determine the knowledge of dengue among school students exposed to various awareness campaigns in model schools of Islamabad. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study of students who were studying in Islamabad Model School for Girls F-7/2 and Islamabad Model College for Boys F-7/3 from September 2017 to October 2017. Students in the ninth and tenth grades who were willing to participate in the study and who were studying in the school for more than six months were included in the study. The data was collected through a self-constructed questionnaire. Cronbach's alpha was used to assess the internal consistency of the questionnaire, and it was found to be 0.83. The data obtained was analyzed on IBM's statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) version 21 (IBM, Armonk, NY). Results Out of 601 participants, 345 (57.4%) were males and 256 (42.6%) were females. The mean age of the participants was 14.72±1.09. About 380 participants (63.2%) were studying in the ninth grade and 221 participants (36.8%) were studying in the tenth grade. A majority of the participants (67.2%) had poor knowledge of dengue. The participants scored highest in knowledge of prevention of the dengue domain and scored the lowest in knowledge of transmission of dengue. A majority of the participants (72.9%) reported that they acquire knowledge about dengue fever through television and radio. About 44.60% of the participants reported that they acquired knowledge about dengue fever through awareness campaigns in school. Conclusions The knowledge of the students was found to be insufficient despite several awareness campaigns. There is a need to re-evaluate the structure of the awareness campaigns as they fail to reach their target. Electronic media was identified as the most useful source of knowledge, and its incorporation can help increase the effectiveness of awareness campaigns.
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