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Problems presented by medical students seeking support: A possible intervention framework

Citation

Hays, RB and Lawson, M and Gray, C, Problems presented by medical students seeking support: A possible intervention framework, Medical Teacher, 33, (2) pp. 161-164. ISSN 0142-159X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Informa UK Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.3109/0142159X.2010.509415

Abstract

Background: Academically bright and ambitious medical students must cope with a combination of curriculum, assessment, career choice, personal, family and social pressures. Many seek support, and some present complex problems that consume substantial resources. A few continue unresolved into postgraduate life and may affect future professional performance. Early intervention may be helpful in minimising the impact on both individual students and school resources.

Aim: To develop a broad classification framework for personal problems presented by medical students to student support services.

Methods: We report a study of more complex student problems presenting to student support services. A three stage iterative process, involving student support faculty from several international medical schools, discussed case scenarios based on pooled experience and developed a framework for categorising and considering management.

Results: Seven profiles of student problems were developed, based on composites of unidentified cases drawn from participants’ experiences, reflecting: immaturity; learning skills; organisational skills; health or personal issues and poor insight. Broad characteristics and brief prognostic comments are provided for each profile.

Discussion: While profiles may overlap and each student may have a unique set of issues, there appears to be similarities that allow some categorisation for management strategies and prognostic features in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Further work is needed to develop ‘diagnostic’ assessments that might guide intervention.

Conclusion: This classification may assist early intervention into personal problems presented by medical students to student support services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
Author:Hays, RB (Professor Richard Hays)
ID Code:95036
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2014-09-23
Last Modified:2015-08-05
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