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Becoming a medical student

Journal Article


Abstract


  • An understanding of current and contemporary issues for new transitioning students is important for any educational team, but particularly in the healthcare field, where procedures and policies are constantly changing. This knowledge can lead to more effective and targeted teaching strategies for academic success and may assist with student retention issues. This study explores the process of becoming a medical student, more so in a new medical school. Four focus groups were conducted in the last week of their first year. The participants responded to trigger questions by raising three major themes including: finding a balance, succeeding, and discussing family and friends. From the major themes arising in the focus group discussions, the participants continually highlight the importance of the transitional process and establishing new identities. This study contributes to the research and strategies utilised by many medical schools that include-targeting supports for students, having early interventions for students based on continual assessments, and lastly, monitoring and examining new trends for students as they arise. ┬ęCommon Ground, Renu Narchal, Leanne S.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Narchal, R., Cowin, L. S., Wilson, I., & Harding, D. (2013). Becoming a medical student. International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(2), 139-150. doi:10.18848/2327-7963/cgp/v19i02/48912

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84884360273

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 139

End Page


  • 150

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • An understanding of current and contemporary issues for new transitioning students is important for any educational team, but particularly in the healthcare field, where procedures and policies are constantly changing. This knowledge can lead to more effective and targeted teaching strategies for academic success and may assist with student retention issues. This study explores the process of becoming a medical student, more so in a new medical school. Four focus groups were conducted in the last week of their first year. The participants responded to trigger questions by raising three major themes including: finding a balance, succeeding, and discussing family and friends. From the major themes arising in the focus group discussions, the participants continually highlight the importance of the transitional process and establishing new identities. This study contributes to the research and strategies utilised by many medical schools that include-targeting supports for students, having early interventions for students based on continual assessments, and lastly, monitoring and examining new trends for students as they arise. ┬ęCommon Ground, Renu Narchal, Leanne S.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Narchal, R., Cowin, L. S., Wilson, I., & Harding, D. (2013). Becoming a medical student. International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(2), 139-150. doi:10.18848/2327-7963/cgp/v19i02/48912

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84884360273

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 139

End Page


  • 150

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 2