Assessment of perception of undergraduate medical students towards Community Based Medical Education

Author : Sheetal Vyas

Introduction: Community-Based Medical Education (CBME) exposes students to patients who are managing their illnesses within their own community contexts and to the real working situation at the places of public health importance. Objectives: To know the perception of the students about CBME practices and perceived advantages and limitations of CBME practices. Methodology: A cross sectional descriptive study was carried out amongst 120 students of VI semester from a Medical College. Pre-designed and pre-tested proforma which had Five point Likert scale and open ended questions were used for noting the responses. Results: Majority of students liked CBME. Comparison of mean scores by unpaired t-test shows that there is no statistically significant difference between preference among boys and girls (p value 0.09 and 0.36 respectively). Students identified improvement in communication skills and opportunity of learning in small groups as advantages of family visits. Experiential learning and building up of prior knowledge were two perceived advantages of visit to places of public health importance. Language barrier was perceived as the limitation during family visit by 74.2% students. Poor audibility was the perceived limitation by 63.3% students during visit to places of public health importance. Conclusions: CBME model is perceived as effective in improving learning by students provided that we remove the language barrier and improve learning environment at place of visit

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