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ERIC Number: EJ806471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Assessment of the Undergraduate Medical Education Environment in a Large UK Medical School
Dunne, Fidelma; McAleer, Sean; Roff, Susan
Health Education Journal, v65 n2 p149-158 2006
Objective: To assess the undergraduate educational environment in a large UK medical school. Method: Prospective study using the already validated Dundee Ready Education Environment (DREEM) questionnaire ("Appendix 1"). Setting: A large UK medical school. Participants: All medical students enrolled in the academic year 2002/2003. Main outcome measures: Perception of the overall educational environment. In addition the impact of year of study and gender were examined. Results: The DREEM questionnaire consisting of 50 items scored on a 0-4 Likert scale was completed by 749 medical students (55 per cent) in the academic year 2002/2003. The mean total score was 124 (out of a maximum of 200) indicating relative satisfaction with the perceived environment. There were no individual areas of excellence (that is no item scored greater than 3.5). Some items scored consistently badly indicating cause for concern, for example lack of a support system for stressed students, school time-tabling, feedback from teachers and memorisation of facts. Clinical students perceived the environment to be significantly more positive than preclinical students (127 v 119, p less than 0.05). Female students perceived the environment to be significantly more positive compared to male students (126 v 123, p less than 0.05). Conclusions: This tool identified areas of concern within a large UK medical school. Further use of the DREEM as a monitoring tool would be useful to re-evaluate the environment following appropriate intervention. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom