Undergraduate medical research: the student perspective.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/120400
Title:
Undergraduate medical research: the student perspective.
Authors:
Burgoyne, Louise N; O'Flynn, Siun; Boylan, Geraldine B
Affiliation:
School of Medicine, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. l.burgoyne@ucc.ie
Citation:
Undergraduate medical research: the student perspective. 2010, 15 Med Educ Online
Journal:
Medical education online
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/120400
DOI:
10.3402/meo.v15i0.5212
PubMed ID:
20844608
Abstract:
Research training is essential in a modern undergraduate medical curriculum. Our evaluation aimed to (a) gauge students' awareness of research activities, (b) compare students' perceptions of their transferable and research-specific skills competencies, (c) determine students' motivation for research and (d) obtain students' personal views on doing research.; Undergraduate medical students (N = 317) completed a research skills questionnaire developed by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills (CETL-AURS) at Reading University. The questionnaire assessed students' transferable skills, research-specific skills (e.g., study design, data collection and data analysis), research experience and attitude and motivation towards doing research.; The majority of students are motivated to pursue research. Graduate entrants and male students appear to be the most confident regarding their research skills competencies. Although all students recognise the role of research in medical practice, many are unaware of the medical research activities or successes within their university. Of those who report no interest in a career incorporating research, a common perception was that researchers are isolated from patients and clinical practice.; Students have a narrow definition of research and what it entails. An explanation for why research competence does not align more closely with research motivation is derived from students' lack of understanding of the concept of translational research, as well as a lack of awareness of the research activity being undertaken by their teachers and mentors. We plan to address this with specific research awareness initiatives.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
MEDICAL RESEARCH; STUDENT
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adult; Analysis of Variance; Biomedical Research; Data Collection; Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Female; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Ireland; Male; Motivation; Perception; Professional Competence; Program Evaluation; Questionnaires; Research Personnel; Statistics, Nonparametric; Students, Medical; Translational Research; Young Adult
ISSN:
1087-2981

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBurgoyne, Louise Nen
dc.contributor.authorO'Flynn, Siunen
dc.contributor.authorBoylan, Geraldine Ben
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-26T16:55:28Z-
dc.date.available2011-01-26T16:55:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationUndergraduate medical research: the student perspective. 2010, 15 Med Educ Onlineen
dc.identifier.issn1087-2981-
dc.identifier.pmid20844608-
dc.identifier.doi10.3402/meo.v15i0.5212-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/120400-
dc.description.abstractResearch training is essential in a modern undergraduate medical curriculum. Our evaluation aimed to (a) gauge students' awareness of research activities, (b) compare students' perceptions of their transferable and research-specific skills competencies, (c) determine students' motivation for research and (d) obtain students' personal views on doing research.-
dc.description.abstractUndergraduate medical students (N = 317) completed a research skills questionnaire developed by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills (CETL-AURS) at Reading University. The questionnaire assessed students' transferable skills, research-specific skills (e.g., study design, data collection and data analysis), research experience and attitude and motivation towards doing research.-
dc.description.abstractThe majority of students are motivated to pursue research. Graduate entrants and male students appear to be the most confident regarding their research skills competencies. Although all students recognise the role of research in medical practice, many are unaware of the medical research activities or successes within their university. Of those who report no interest in a career incorporating research, a common perception was that researchers are isolated from patients and clinical practice.-
dc.description.abstractStudents have a narrow definition of research and what it entails. An explanation for why research competence does not align more closely with research motivation is derived from students' lack of understanding of the concept of translational research, as well as a lack of awareness of the research activity being undertaken by their teachers and mentors. We plan to address this with specific research awareness initiatives.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectMEDICAL RESEARCHen
dc.subjectSTUDENTen
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAnalysis of Variance-
dc.subject.meshBiomedical Research-
dc.subject.meshData Collection-
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Undergraduate-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMotivation-
dc.subject.meshPerception-
dc.subject.meshProfessional Competence-
dc.subject.meshProgram Evaluation-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshResearch Personnel-
dc.subject.meshStatistics, Nonparametric-
dc.subject.meshStudents, Medical-
dc.subject.meshTranslational Research-
dc.subject.meshYoung Adult-
dc.titleUndergraduate medical research: the student perspective.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Medicine, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. l.burgoyne@ucc.ieen
dc.identifier.journalMedical education onlineen

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