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Research: Why arenít more medical students doing it?


Pearson, S and Ogden, K and Warnecke, E and Howes, F, Research: Why aren't more medical students doing it?, Australasian Medical Journal, 10, (12) pp. 1063-1070. ISSN 1836-1935 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.21767/AMJ.2017.3257


Background: Many medical schools in Australia and Internationally struggle to engage medical students along a research pathway.

Aims: The aim of this study was to identify medical studentís confidence, attitudes and perceived obstacles to participating in research during medical school.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out of undergraduate medical students in years 1Ė5 attending the University of Tasmania.

Results: Of the 237 students who responded to the survey (response rate of 41.9 per cent) the majority (70.3 per cent) agreed that research was a useful experience and expressed a desire to be involved in research (60.1 per cent). Women were generally less confident than men in their ability to conduct research while research experience was significantly associated with an increase in confidence in conducting research. Frequently endorsed reasons by students for not undertaking an Honours year were a desire to not delay graduation by a year for financial (79 per cent) and employment reasons (71 per cent) and social concerns regarding integrating with a different year group (69 per cent). Additional concerns included a lack of time and motivation.

Conclusion: The difficulties inherent for students in undertaking research including low confidence, lack of time, financial constraints and pressure to get out into the workforce should help to inform medical educators in developing solutions to encourage student participation in research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Research, medical students, participation, barriers, self-efficacy, confidence
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pearson, S (Dr Sue Pearson)
UTAS Author:Ogden, K (Dr Kathryn Ogden)
UTAS Author:Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)
UTAS Author:Howes, F (Dr Faline Howes)
ID Code:123610
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-01-15
Last Modified:2020-04-20
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