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

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Early online date7 Jul 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • 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

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