ERIC Number: ED309716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Good Student or Good Physician: What Are We Encouraging?
Blumberg, Phyllis; Daugherty, Steven
A study based on student and faculty opinions is presented. It examines how well two types of preclinical curricula are preparing students to become competent physicians. Research questions include: how effective do students perceive their educational activities in two different preclinical curricula to be in helping them to pass their exams and become good physicians; how congruent are educational activities of preclinical students with student perceptions of activities leading to physician competence; and how congruent are the perceptions of students compared to those of their faculty. Preclinical students and faculty from a private midwestern American medical school participated. Responses were gathered from one class of traditional curriculum students and from one class of problem based learning students. Students were asked to indicate how often in the past year they had used each of the different study resources listed for them and to rate a series of educational activities by their effectiveness in helping them pass an exam and for preparing them to become good physicians. Results indicate a greater congruence between the goals of medical school and the development of physician-like behaviors, such as professional or self-directed learning, in a problem based curriculum than in a traditional curriculum. Results from both tracks agree in that the most clinically oriented educational activities were selected by all students as being most effective in helping them to become competent physicians. Contains 5 references. (SM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Competence, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Graduate Medical Students, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Medical Education, Outcomes of Education, Physicians, Premedical Students, Role of Education, Student Development, Student Reaction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust, IL.; National Fund for Medical Education, Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989). Also supported by the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation.