Students’ Perception on Using Movies in Medical Education


Background: Using movies can be an effective way to stimulate rich discussion about professional and personal development. Reflection on the actions of a character in a movie can assist students to understand behaviors, motivations and life choices far beyond their own view and develop empathetic awareness of the experiences and different realities of others. The aim of this study is to determine whether movies can assist the students in developing personal and professional attitudes. Method: First year medical students (n=206) from three universities in Malaysia participated in this study. An audit form was completed after the screening of the movie during the personal and professional development module session. Scoring was based on Likert-type scale for students’ perception measurement. Results: More than 90% of students from all three universities agreed that movies were relevant to medicine, helpful in thinking about a doctor’s behavior, enjoyable, useful for future endeavors, and the session was well facilitated. All students from MARA University of Technology agreed that movies and post-movie discussion were useful for learning purposes, and scenario was acceptable. In MAHSA University and National Defence University of Malaysia, the majority agreed that movies and discussions were useful (89.6% and 82.6% respectively), and found scenario acceptable (83.5% and 84.9%). Conclusion: Medical students felt that movies enhanced their learning related to personal and professional development and could motivate the applicability of medical education concepts.

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Adlina Suleiman, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Aye Aye Mon, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Halyna Lugova, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Edariah Abu Bakar, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Higher education

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