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.
|African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
|Early online date
|7 Jul 2016
|Published - 2016
- clinical associates
- evaluation of medical education
- mid-level healthcare workers
- rural learning centres
- rural medical education
- student satisfaction.
- Attitude of Health Personnel
- Education, Medical/methods
- Students, Medical/psychology
- South Africa
- Surveys and Questionnaires
- Hospitals, Teaching/standards
- Hospitals, District/standards