Students and teachers prefer early experience
- By: Ahmed Kassem
Medical students and teachers favour having early clinical experience in medical school, a study in the BMJ has found (2004;329:834-7).
Tim Dornan, consultant physician, and Chris Bundy, senior lecturer in health psychology, from Manchester University led group discussions with 64 students, staff, and curriculum leaders from three medical schools in the United Kingdom.
Results indicated that without early experience, the medical curriculum is socially isolating and divorced from normal clinical practice.
Tim Dornan told the Student BMJ, “Some [students] will be motivated and perform better--think, for example, of people whose medical school performance doesn't really take off until they are exposed to clinical settings. Some will probably not be affected much one way or another.
“There will be a tiny minority who, through early experience, will decide clinical contact is not for them and may even leave the course. This already happens at the preclinical-clinical interface, and it would arguably