Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Korean J Med Educ. 2017 Jun;29(2):111-116. doi: 10.3946/kjme.2017.58. Epub 2017 May 29.

Evaluation of an extracurricular program for students interested in rural and public health.

Author information

1
Department of Medical Education, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2
Public Health Medical Service, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
3
JW Lee Center for Global Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The problem regarding the geographic imbalance of the physician workforce has been a long-standing problem in South Korea. Additionally, rural medicine and public health have been marginalized across whole undergraduate curriculums. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an extracurricular program targeting medical students interested in rural and public health.

METHODS:

A 2-day extracurricular program was held twice in 2015 and 2016. A total of 53 students were selected among eighty students who voluntarily applied to participate in the program. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated by pre- and post-program surveys.

RESULTS:

The overall satisfaction for the program was 5.35 out of 6. The participants showed a significant improvement in perception of the clerkship experience in a rural and public health care setting as well as the importance of rural medicine and public health in South Korea.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, this study showed the acceptability of a short-term extracurricular program for medical students interested in rural and public health.

KEYWORDS:

Curriculum; Medical students; Public health; Rural health; Undergraduate medical education

PMID:
28597874
PMCID:
PMC5465439
DOI:
10.3946/kjme.2017.58
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Publishing M2Community Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center