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Medical student perceptions of the educational value of a student-run free clinic.
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PMID:  23027157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many medical schools have student-run free clinics (SRFCs), yet their educational value has not been well studied. We performed a one-time cross-sectional survey to assess medical student perceptions of the educational value of an SRFC at their institution.
METHODS: The authors designed and validated a survey instrument including six statements on a 5-point Likert-scale. The questionnaire was distributed from February through May 2010 to all students enrolled at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine as part of a larger yearly, anonymous, internet-based survey regarding their experiences at the institution.
RESULTS: The response rate was 66.5% with 347 of 522 eligible students participating. Ninety percent agreed or strongly agreed that the SRFC was a valuable educational experience, mean score: 4.51 on a scale of 5. Eighty-two percent agreed or strongly agreed that the teaching was excellent, mean score: 4.23. Students agreed or strongly agreed that the SRFC improved attitudes toward working with underserved patients (72%, mean score 3.99), helped students stay connected to sense of purpose, (71%, mean score 3.98), improved overall sense of well-being (67%, mean score 3.88), and influenced their decision to come to UCSD (52%, mean score 3.37). Eighty-four percent of qualitative responses in a free text comment box were positive (46 of 55).
CONCLUSIONS: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to report the perceptions of an entire medical student body of a SRFC at their institution. The majority felt that this was a valuable educational experience.
Sunny D Smith; Michelle L Johnson; Natalie Rodriguez; Christine Moutier; Ellen Beck
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1938-3800     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Med     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8306464     Medline TA:  Fam Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  646-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego.
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