Attitude of Students towards introduction of Integrated Module System in Undergraduate’s Medical Curriculum
Background: This study was conducted to assess the attitudes of students regarding introduction of integrated module system in undergraduate's medical curriculum in Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC), a public medical college of Rawalpindi and to explore association of attitude with gender and academic year.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted from April 2016 to June 2016 including 150 medical students of all 5 academic years studying at RMC Rawalpindi. After informed consent data was collected by using structured questionnaire. Questionnaire comprises of pertinent questions regarding various aspects of integrated system and attitudes of students towards it. Scoring was developed according to Likert scale based on which commonest responses were assessed. Modes of responses according to gender and academic year were also determined.
Results: In a sample of 150 students with 75 males and 75 females, majority of students preferred integrated module system (45.6%) with 21.6% against it and 32.8% students were uncertain. The main reason for their preference was that it enhanced communication skills (52.4%), helped in research (50.4%), easier to study system wise (52.9%). Two main reasons against integrated teaching were declared as perception of wastage of time (56.3%) and contributing towards increased stress (47.1%).
Conclusion: Majority of students preferred integrated teaching in the form of module system in medical education and showed positive attitude towards it.