Students' perceptions of the instructional quality of district hospital-based training.

Shehla Jabbar Memon, Jakobus Murray Louw, Martin Bac, Janie Hugo, Waqar-un Nisa Ruf, John Sandars

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
81 Downloads (Pure)


BACKGROUND: An innovative, three-year training programme, the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP), for mid-level medical healthcare workers was started in 2009 by the Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria.

AIM: To measure the students' perceptions of the instructional quality of district hospitalbased training.

SETTING: Training of students took place at clinical learning centres in rural district hospitals in the Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces.

METHODS: A survey using the MedEd IQ questionnaire was performed in 2010 and 2011 to measure BCMP second- and third-year students' perceptions of instructional quality of district hospital-based training. The MedEd IQ questionnaire is composed of four subscales: preceptor activities, learning opportunities, learner involvement and the learning environment. Composite scores of instructional quality were used to present results.

RESULTS: The preceptor activities, learning opportunities and the learning environment were considered by second- and third-year BCMP students to be of consistently high instructional quality. In the area of learner involvement, instructional quality increased significantly from second to third year.

CONCLUSION: Overall, instructional quality of district hospital-based training was high for both second- and third-year BCMP students, and the instructional quality of learner involvement being significantly higher in third year students. The MedEd IQ tool was a useful tool for measuring instructional quality and to inform programme quality improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e6
JournalAfrican Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • clinical associates
  • evaluation of medical education
  • mid-level healthcare workers
  • rural learning centres
  • rural medical education
  • student satisfaction.
  • Teaching/standards
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Education, Medical/methods
  • Students, Medical/psychology
  • Female
  • South Africa
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Hospitals, Teaching/standards
  • Hospitals, District/standards

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Students' perceptions of the instructional quality of district hospital-based training.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Profiles

    No photo of JOHN SANDARS

    Professor JOHN SANDARS

    Person: Academic

    Cite this