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An audit on perception of foreign medical students on the elective training programme, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna

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R. P. Abeywickrema ,

Department of Surgery, LK
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle
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J. P. M. Kumarasingha,

Department of Surgery, LK
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle
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R. W. Seneviratne,

Department of Surgery, LK
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle
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P. V. De Silva

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, LK
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Department of Community Medicine
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Abstract

Introduction: An elective clinical appointment abroad is a regular component in many foreign medical undergraduate curriculums. Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna has a structured and comprehensive academic programme for them.

 

Methods: An audit was performed to assess student perception on different aspects of the training via a selfadministered feedback form. All the elective students who completed their training during three months from 1st January 2019 were recruited. All data were entered to a database and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 25. The chi-square test was used to compare the groups and p < 0.05 was taken as statistically significant.

 

Results: One hundred one (101) students completed the elective student feedback form (non-response rate - 4%). The large majority (77%) were in the 6th or final year of their medical training. 55% were enrolled to spend 8 weeks in surgery. Elective students have shown a high level of satisfaction regarding the elective training provided at our unit. Most satisfactory areas include pre-arrival registration (80%), introduction by the coordinator in surgery (92%) and different clinical activities such as elective ward rounds and clinics of the unit (>75% for every component). On-site registration (34%), guided tour by a departmental representative (54%) and the opportunity to assist in operations (50%) faired less favourably. Plastic surgery (30%), neurosurgery (21%) and paediatric surgery (20%) were preferred by those who opted to do specialty surgical appointments in addition to general surgery. Nearly all (96%) were happy to recommend this training to someone else.

 

Conclusion: This study has enabled us to appraise the elective student programme for foreign students and for us to make suitable changes. A centre to coordinate elective students and offer of more hands-on surgical activities appears is justified.
How to Cite: Abeywickrema, R.P., Kumarasingha, J.P.M., Seneviratne, R.W. and De Silva, P.V., 2020. An audit on perception of foreign medical students on the elective training programme, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna. Galle Medical Journal, 25(4), pp.127–132. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v25i4.8055
Published on 30 Dec 2020.
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