Strong curricula at Gulf Medical University emphasizes on ‘Evidence Based Medicine’, intends further strengthening, encourages early introduction of journal article presentation in the medicine program.
Strategy for successful implementation of structured journal article presentation during medicine year-I.
The batch divided into eight-groups of 12-students; each group assigned a faculty facilitator. Total 6-sessions of 2-hour duration arranged for each group, detailed schedule communicated well in advance. During each session, 2-students together presented a research article to their group members encouraging scientific discussion. Each student got an opportunity, expectations were appropriate to their level, little marks allotted, contributed to summative assessment. Anonymous student feedback taken to assess the impact and to improve.
Almost 90% students appreciated the experience as it improved their ability to critically understand and present journal articles. Acknowledged the positive influence on their interest in scientific literature and research design. Group discussions were beneficial in exploring and appreciating others point of view. Early mingling with the current scientific literature navigating databases was recognized as a first step in training, encouraging up to date lifelong learning.
The important strategies credited for the success include: contribution to summative assessment; appropriately spaced scheduling; faculty facilitator to guide and monitor group progress; facilitators meeting to maintain uniformity between groups; availability of infrastructure and research database.
Student’s suggestion for improvement: Three students to work together for each presentation to reduce the burden. Many demanded preselected list of articles from which they can choose, however, opposed by the enthusiastic ones.
Nelofar Khan, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates