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BMC Med Educ. 2018 May 2;18(1):88. doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1206-2.

Remediating lapses in professionalism among undergraduate pre-clinical medical students in an Asian Institution: a multimodal approach.

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1
Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. ardi.findyartini@ui.ac.id.
2
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fostering personal identity formation and professional development among undergraduate medical students is challenging. Based on situated learning, experiential learning and role-modelling frameworks, a six-week course was developed to remediate lapses in professionalism among undergraduate medical students. This study aims to explore the students' perceptions of their personal identity formation and professional development following completion of the course.

METHODS:

This qualitative study, adopting a phenomenological design, uses the participants' reflective diaries as primary data sources. In the pilot course, field work, role-model shadowing and discussions with resource personnel were conducted. A total of 14 students were asked to provide written self-reflections. Consistent, multi-source feedback was provided throughout the course. A thematic analysis was conducted to identify the key processes of personal and professional development among the students during remediation.

RESULTS:

Three main themes were revealed. First, students highlighted the strength of small group activities in helping them 'internalise the essential concepts'. Second, the role-model shadowing supported their understanding of 'what kind of medical doctors they would become'. Third, the field work allowed them to identify 'what the "noble values" are and how to implement them in daily practice'.

CONCLUSION:

By implementing multimodal activities, the course has high potential in supporting personal identity formation and professional development among undergraduate pre-clinical medical students, as well as remediating their lapses in professionalism. However, there are challenges in implementing the model among a larger student population and in documenting the long-term impact of the course.

KEYWORDS:

Instructional design; Medicine; Professionalism; Remediation; Undergraduate

PMID:
29716581
PMCID:
PMC5930750
DOI:
10.1186/s12909-018-1206-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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