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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 164

Development and implementation of a competency-based module for teaching research methodology to medical undergraduates

Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

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Dr. Somdatta Patra
Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi - 110 095
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_133_19

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CONTEXT: Research experience helps an undergraduate student to understand published works, to learn teamwork, and even to consider research as a career. Few medical institutions have attempted to engage undergraduates in research experience. Competency-based medical education has emerged as a core strategy to educate and assess medical students worldwide. AIMS: This study aims to develop and implement a competency-based research methodology training module for undergraduate students and find out students' perception about this. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A cross-sectional study of mixed design was undertaken in the Department of Community Medicine, UCMS, Delhi, India. METHODOLOGY: A competency-based research training module was developed and implemented with 4th semester undergraduate students posted in the department. Students' feedback about the module was obtained. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: For quantitative variables, means, ranges, medians, and percentages were calculated. To find out students' perception about the posting a qualitative analysis was done. RESULTS: The module was implemented with 25 students posted in the department in May 2017. However, feedback was obtained from 23 students. About 83% of the students reported as highly satisfied with the posting, 61% of the students mentioned that after completion of this posting, they felt motivated to do further research. A qualitative analysis of the feedback showed that students found the project helped them to enhance their knowledge and develop skills. CONCLUSIONS: Competency-based research methodology training can serve as a tool for teaching research methodology to undergraduate students.

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