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Research knowledge and skills in primary medical training - a cross-sectional audit


Cheek, C and Hays, R and Allen, P and Smith, JD, Research knowledge and skills in primary medical training - a cross-sectional audit, AMEE MedEdPublish pp. 1-15. ISSN 2312-7996 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 AMEE

DOI: doi:10.15694/mep.2016.000101


Background: Internationally, medical education has either adopted, or is moving toward, a Masters level qualification at completion. This reflects the higher-level learning outcomes and potentially facilitation of thinking and decision-making required of medical graduates. In Australia, the main difference between bachelor and masters programs appears to be the level of research skills training. This study explores the characteristics of research training in medical schools and alignment with higher education qualification frameworks.

Methods: A cross-sectional audit was conducted of 22 medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, seeking information on: degree type, entry requirement, research knowledge and skills taught, teaching format, and barriers to offering students research experiences.

Results: Information about 15 medical programs was obtained, with Australian Qualifications Framework or New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 7, 8 or 9E outcomes. All included a variety of teaching methods on biomedical ethics, principles of evidence-based practice, and search strategies for medical evidence, critical appraisal of the literature and disease surveillance/epidemiology. Small projects were available in all programs, although voluntary in Level 7/8 programs and mandatory in Level 9E programs.

Conclusions: There appear to be few differences in research training and learning outcomes from Level 7 and Level 9E programs, although Level 9E programs have a more systematic approach and assurance that all graduates can achieve the higher outcomes. Barriers to successful implementation relate to finding curriculum space and sufficient research training capacity for all medical students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:medical education, curriculum, ritical thinking, research knowledge, scholarship, medical graduate, Masters Degree, critical thinking, reserach knowledge, scholarship
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Cheek, C (Dr Colleen Cheek)
UTAS Author:Hays, R (Professor Richard Hays)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
ID Code:112177
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-10-28
Last Modified:2018-03-07

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