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Learning strategies of medical students in the surgery department, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S34780

Keywords: education, medical, learning, surgery, developing countries

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rning strategies of medical students in the surgery department, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Original Research (1335) Total Article Views Authors: Alzahrani HA, Alzahrani OH Published Date August 2012 Volume 2012:3 Pages 79 - 87 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S34780 Received: 07 June 2012 Accepted: 24 July 2012 Published: 23 August 2012 Hasan A Alzahrani,1 Owiss H Alzahrani2 1Department of Surgery, 2Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Objectives: To identify medical students' perceptions of their learning strategies including, learning habits, resources, and preferred teaching methods, in the Department of Surgery (DOS) of the King Abdulaziz University-Faculty of Medicine (KAU-FoM), in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study which was designed to identify students' perceptions of their learning in the DOS of the KAU-FoM. A questionnaire was administered to a random group of 549 medical students, to explore student perceptions of their learning strategies including methods of learning and learning resources. Results: The majority believed that clinical session attendance is always important compared with lectures (88.9% vs 21.9%). Nevertheless, clinical sessions were selected as the third source of learning after learning from assigned textbooks and previous examination model answers. The majority (74.1%) believed that self-instruction at home is the preferred method of learning. Conclusion: Student perspectives should be taken into consideration prior to any future reforms of curriculum. Reforms should adopt a “think globally; act locally” educational strategy based on learner needs.

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