Apprenticeship Teaching in Paediatrics: Student Perspective for Future Improvement

Taib, Fahisham; Rizal Mohd Zain, Mohd; Majid, Noorizan A.b.; Saiful Bahri Yusoff, Muhamad; Van Rostenberghe, Hans
February 2013
International Medical Journal;Feb2013, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
Introduction: Apprenticeship has been recently introduced as new teaching model at Paediatric Department, USM. The purpose is for the students to take an active role during the clinical attachment with thorough understanding of emerging issues on the patients. It is hoped that the learning experience will be modeled by the senior doctors in a conducive learning environment, using patients' case as 'reference focus' and their active participation in the management of the patient. We believe this will be an effective way of teaching especially when it is modeled, supervised and monitored by the senior doctors. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the medical students' perception about the new apprenticeship model. The findings obtained from this study will be able to provide insight to the medical educators on how do medical students perceive the apprenticeship model in helping their learning during a paediatric rotation. Method: A cross-sectional evaluation was done where at the end of the rotation a set of questionnaire was given to 171 medical students underwent the apprenticeship training model and they were asked to rate using 5-likert rating scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) the newly introduced teaching method (i.e. the apprenticeship model) according to 16 items. An item is considered as having a good satisfaction level if it obtained at least 60% of rating score of 4 and 5. An item is considered as area for further improvement if either it obtained at least 40% but less than 60% of rating score of 4 and 5 or at least 50% of rating score of 3. An item is considered as an area of concern if either it obtained at least 60% of rating score of 1 and 2 or obtained less than 40% of rating score of 4 and 5. Result: A total of 163 (95.5%) year medical students responded completely to the questionnaire. There were six items obtained a good satisfaction level; overall the teaching was effective (65.5%), I like the teaching approach (60.8%), lecturer were helpful (80.1%), getting experience on presentation/practical skills (66.0%), doctors helping to improve your knowledge during the ward round (62.6%) and teaching sessions are adequate (65.5%). One item was categorized as an area of concern while the rest of items were categorized as areas for further improvement. Conclusion: The apprenticeship was a well-accepted and promising teaching method as perceived by medical students. However, certain aspects of it should be relooked and reviewed for further improvement in future.


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