Medical students’ perceptions of their educational environment in an integrated curriculum in Saudi Arabia

Authors

  • Tahani Altamimi Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • Johnson Alex Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sara Mattout Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Noha Mitwally Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sami Alnassar Department of Surgical, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Admin

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1354

Abstract

Abstract

Objective: Measure medical students’ perceptions of their educational environment (EE) and determine the potential differences in those perceptions in regard to gender and academic year of study.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with medical students enrolled at private College of Medicine in Dar Al Uloom University (DAU), Saudi Arabia during 2018-2019. The Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM) English version was completed by 191 of the 262 (73% response rate) students. Total, domain, and item DREEM scores were analysed using descriptive statistics, the t-test, and ANOVA. The ethical approval for the study and participants’ consent were taken.

Results: Participants’ total mean DREEM score (122.49/200) was higher than that of most medical schools in Saudi Arabia. There were gender-related differences for DREEM domains. Perceptions of the EE trended higher for male students and advanced-level students.

Conclusion: This study was needed in order to determine the current EE among medical students at a new private sector college with an integrated system-oriented hybrid curriculum. The overall study results illustrate a healthy EE. Areas for improvement are also noted.

Keywords: Educational environment; Medical Student; Integrated curriculum; Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM)

Published

2020-11-19

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Section

Research Article