Objective: To investigate the effect of introduction of clinical training component in the early medical years, i.e., years 1, 2 and 3 on students' learning of CS in a new PBL-based medical curriculum.
Methods: The study was conducted at Sulaiman AlRajhi Medical School, Saudi Arabia between December, 2017 and October, 2018. After Informed and written consent, students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th year were divided in to three respective Focus groups (n=8-10/group) for inclusion in the study. A questionnaire was developed to conduct interview with the Focus groups that was conducted by two Faculty members of SRC who were not involved in CS training.
Results: More than 90% students agreed or strongly agreed that it was good to introduce CS in the early years of the curriculum. They reacted that the course enhanced their learning interest and made them feel like doctors. They also made constructive suggestions on how
Conclusion: Introduction of CS in early years is useful and facilitates bedside teaching of important CS during clinical years in PBL curriculum. Standardization of curriculum, availability of simulated patients and CS instructor, and preparation of students before coming to sessions remain the major limitations.
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