Proceedings of The Physiological Society
University of Oxford (2011) Proc Physiol Soc 23, PC8
Preclinical Course Preferences, Perceptions and Satisfaction.
M. I. Ebomoyi1, F. O. Agoreyo1
1. Department of Physiology, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria., Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
No studies have assessed preclinical students’preferences for their courses,namely,anatomy,physiology & medical biochemistry,their perceptions of these courses in terms of ability to understand the subjects,ability to interact with the lecturers involved in the teaching of these courses & their perceptions of the relevance of these courses to the medical curriculum.This study compared the preferences,perceptions & satisfaction of 300 level female preclinical medical & dental students of the University of Benin, Nigeria,with those of their male counterparts.The three courses assessed were Anatomy,Physiology & Medical biochemistry. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit relevant information. Results were expressed as percentage & means ±S.D,& presented as frequency distribution tables.Students’t-test was used to calculate the differences between the means.A P<0.05 was taken as statistically significant.Of the 310 respondents,90(29.0%)were females studying medicine(Fem-med);167(53.9%)were males studying medicine(Male-med);14(4.5%)were females studying dentistry(Fem-dent)while 39(12.6%)were males studying dentistry(Male-dent).Their ages ranged from 19-37 yrs,with a mean age of 23.0±0.7yrs. Although majority of the Fem-med were most confident of passing anatomy(47.5%)and physiology(37.5%),they had very little likelihood of considering any of these preclinical courses as specialties after graduation. A larger % of males than female respondents were likely to consider specializing in any of the three courses,with anatomy(39.5%)& physiology(53.5%)being the preferred courses to consider as specialties.Dental students were more likely to consider choosing any of the three courses as specialties after graduation than medical students(P<0.05).Majority of students perceived anatomy & physiology as the most relevant to the medical curriculum, while medical biochemistry was considered to be the least relevant(P<0.05).All students perceived anatomy as being the most difficult to understand, but however claimed to have the most interaction with anatomy lecturers.Like the males,majority of the female students felt that they were most satisfied with the quality of teaching(52.6%)& of practicals(46.3%)in physiology.In conclusion,although there are gender differences in preclinical course preferences & the willingness or otherwise to specialize in them after graduation,students`perceptions & satisfaction in the courses are generally similar.
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