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Australas J Ageing. 2014 Dec;33(4):E6-11. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12060. Epub 2013 Jul 19.

Geriatric medicine course to senior undergraduate medical students improves attitude and self-perceived competency scores.

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Aged and Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Abstract

AIMS:

The aims were to evaluate the effect of a 4.5-week geriatric medicine course on 5th-year medical students' attitudes and self-perceived competency scores. Student performance in the summative multiple choice questions examination in 2011 was compared with results from 2008.

METHODS:

Pre- and post-course attitudes (University of California, Los Angeles Attitudes Survey) and self-perceived competency surveys were administered to 65 5th-year medical students following a 4.5-week geriatric medicine course at one South Australian teaching hospital as part of course evaluation and improvement.

RESULTS:

Significant improvements in students' attitude (mean pre- and post-attitude score (± standard deviation): 3.34 (1.66) vs 3.66 (1.06); P < 0.001) and self-perceived competency (mean pre and post-competency scores: 2.89 (0.84) and 4.03 (0.56); P < 0.001) were observed. The 2011 multiple choice question results were much better than in 2008 (91.5 (3.6) vs 75.2 (7.9); P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

A geriatric medicine course for senior medical students allows for improvement in attitudes and self-perceived competency scores.

KEYWORDS:

attitude; geriatric medicine; medical student; self-perceived competency

PMID:
24520979
DOI:
10.1111/ajag.12060
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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