Evaluation of an undergraduate psychiatric clinical rotation: Exploring student perceptions

South African Journal of Psychiatry

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Title Evaluation of an undergraduate psychiatric clinical rotation: Exploring student perceptions
Creator Smit, Inge M. Volschenk, Mariette Koen, Liezl
Subject Psychiatry medical training; teaching and learning practices; medical students; undergraduate; clinical teachers; millennials.
Description Background: Globally, the appropriate transformation of medical training is critical to ensure the graduation of competent physicians who can address the growing health needs.Aim: To explore medical students’ perceptions of their learning experience during the undergraduate psychiatry late clinical rotation (PLCR) at Stellenbosch University (SU) and to use the findings to make possible recommendations regarding curriculum renewal.Setting: In recognition of this, the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of SU is reviewing its current teaching and learning practices.Methods: Data were collected from two focus groups.Results: Three main themes emerged: ‘learning in the clinical context’, ‘gaining knowledge’ and ‘generational needs’. Whilst several suggestions were made for potential improvement, the participants still endorsed that the PLCR does provide them with a good learning experience in psychiatry.Conclusions: Considering that these perceptions are from a group of millennials, the insights arising from the ‘generational needs’ theme were especially valuable. To bridge the generational gap and develop a curriculum that will not only meet the standards expected by educators but also achieve acceptance from learners, future research with a specific focus on clinical teachers’ perceptions is needed.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-05-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative Research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v27i0.1583
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 27 (2021); 6 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
Relation https://sajp.org.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1583/2161 https://sajp.org.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1583/2162 https://sajp.org.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1583/2163 https://sajp.org.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1583/2164
Coverage Western Cape 2019 Undergraduate Medical Students
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Inge M. Smit, Mariette Volschenk, Liezl Koen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0