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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-81

Early clinical exposure during medical school: Omani medical students and interns experience

1 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Department of Neurosurgery, Khoula Hospital, Muscat, Oman
2 College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

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Dr. Tariq Al-Saadi
3801 Rue University, Montreal, QC H3A 2B4

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_10_20

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Introduction: Early clinical exposure (ECE) is a teaching learning methodology, which fosters the exposure of the medical students to the patients as early as the 1st year of medical college. A hospital-based educational system provides the exposure to the clinical environment by direct contact with patients, including bedside teaching and applying skills and knowledge. Aim: evaluate the impact of ECE of Omani medical students on their attitude, knowledge, and skills. Methods: A cross-sectional study. A designed questionnaire was sent to more than 500 Omani medical students in Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and National University (NU). The questionnaire consists two sections. The first section included personal demographic information. The second part included questions to evaluate the quantity and quality of ECE and questions directed toward knowing the current perception of Omani students toward the importance of ECE in terms of developing knowledge and skills. Fifteen questions were asked in the questionnaire. Results: There were a total number of 191 students who participated in this study with a response rate of 44%. The vast majority of them were females represented 73.8. Nearly 63.4% were from SQU and 31.8% were from NU. Sixty-eight percent of the participants are in their 5th, 6th, 7th year, intern, and postintern academic status. There is a significant relationship between getting clinical exposure during preclinical years and fast adaptation in early clinical years with P < 0.05. Conclusion: ECE is a vital part of the preclinical curriculum and should be further enhanced by creating more opportunities to receive clinical and practical training in hospitals.

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