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First of the first: Medical students' reflections of personal growth

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Transitions from school to university are major life events impacting previously established

    routines. This has potential for elevating stressthat entails coping. Employing focus groups, this unique

    study endeavoured to understand the struggles, strengths, challenges and the first year experience of

    the “first of the first” cohort of medical students at a newly developed medical school. Three main

    themes identified were: (i) unique experience of being the first cohort; (ii) first year experience and

    (iii) perceptions of personal growth. Supportive peers, faculty and novel teaching approaches could

    potentially off-set stressful aspects of transition like altered routines; absence of seniors; past exam

    resources and weakening friendships. Both content (course structure; curriculum; teaching methodology)

    and context of teaching (supportive faculty; adequate social support; resourced environment) have

    policy implications for educators. Appropriate scaffolding (type and extent of support) will promote

    student wellbeing and minimize attrition.

Authors


  •   Narchal, Renu (external author)
  •   Cowin, Leanne S. (external author)
  •   Wilson, Ian G.
  •   Harding, David (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Narchal, R., Cowin, L. S., Wilson, I. & Harding, D. (2012). First of the first: Medical students' reflections of personal growth. International Journal of Learning, 18 (4), 353-364.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866536424

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 353

End Page


  • 364

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Transitions from school to university are major life events impacting previously established

    routines. This has potential for elevating stressthat entails coping. Employing focus groups, this unique

    study endeavoured to understand the struggles, strengths, challenges and the first year experience of

    the “first of the first” cohort of medical students at a newly developed medical school. Three main

    themes identified were: (i) unique experience of being the first cohort; (ii) first year experience and

    (iii) perceptions of personal growth. Supportive peers, faculty and novel teaching approaches could

    potentially off-set stressful aspects of transition like altered routines; absence of seniors; past exam

    resources and weakening friendships. Both content (course structure; curriculum; teaching methodology)

    and context of teaching (supportive faculty; adequate social support; resourced environment) have

    policy implications for educators. Appropriate scaffolding (type and extent of support) will promote

    student wellbeing and minimize attrition.

Authors


  •   Narchal, Renu (external author)
  •   Cowin, Leanne S. (external author)
  •   Wilson, Ian G.
  •   Harding, David (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Narchal, R., Cowin, L. S., Wilson, I. & Harding, D. (2012). First of the first: Medical students' reflections of personal growth. International Journal of Learning, 18 (4), 353-364.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866536424

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 353

End Page


  • 364

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States