Medical Students’ Experiences of a Project Design


Human capital plays a major role to bring appropriate changes in social and economic areas in any country. In this light, the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has launched the program Ruhani zhang'yru [translated from Kazakh means Spiritual Renewal]. It embodies diverse activities oriented to trigger fundamental shifts in people's mind such as translation of international books into Kazakh, transition to Latin script and many other issues related to modernization of culture. Education is one of the key tool to accelerate a paradigm change. Karaganda State Medical University with its approximate 8000 students is contributing to realization of the program Ruhani zhang'yru as well. At the department of History of Kazakhstan, there have been launched a new pilot project. In the project 25 medical students from General Medicine faculty were involved. Their research interests dedicated to examine issues that may inhibiting the paradigm change. Students have been given ten weeks since October, 2018 and are expecting to present results by the mid of December, 2018. Overall, 5 focus group discussions and 4 semi-structured interviews with invited faculty members and university senior managers and 25 surveys will be conducted to explore this experience. The advantages and disadvantages of the pilot project will be presented in the conference to receive feedback from participants. This will be helpful to improve the pilot project structure and make it more efficient in the next year.

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Guldana Akhmetova, Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan
Vaiva Hendrikson, Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan
Kudaibergen Temirgaliev, Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan

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Conference: ERI2019
Stream: Learner Experience Design

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