108. Attitudes and ethics in medicine: undergraduate medical student perceptions
Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029.
All the responses were pooled and quantified in order of and priority on a ten point scale (mean S.D.). The highest scoring reason for opting a medical career was intellectual fulfillment (7.46 2.71) followed by healing the sick (6.52 1.93) and glamour (6.47 2.87) of the profession which scored equally. Self employment (7.02 2.43), going abroad (6.8 2.6) and academic research (6.6 2.89) were the major career options. The family size norm of one daughter and one son scored highest (8.15 1.83). The students preferred a criterion based knowledge assessment (7.44 1.76) to a norm based one (3.06 2.75). Honesty, efficiency, simplicity and friendliness scored highest in qualities desirable in a `good' teacher.
Questions seeking critical
incident reports of first exposure to blood or cadaver elicited
equanimitous replies. Human experiments and clinical examination
including hospital visits were stressed upon and animal experimentation
not preferred. There is a crying need for concurrent feedback
based ethical teaching for medical students at all levels to expand
our base of attitudinal awareness to ethics and deriving need
based strategies from the predictions evolved. A medical teacher
also should be trained to prescribe not only for patients but
also as a preceptor for prospective physicians.
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