The emerging professional: early clinical students' views about their learning environment

Henning, Marcus A., Pinnock, Ralph, Boaz, Shulruf, and Hawken, Susan J. (2013) The emerging professional: early clinical students' views about their learning environment. Education in Medicine Journal, 5 (1). pp. 54-60.

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Introduction: The clinical learning environment is a dynamic and demanding educational setting. Medical students go through a series of developmental shifts and need to adapt to the challenges of clinical reasoning and learning.

Objective: To establish how medical students could be better supported through the transition to the clinical years and what changes need to be made for more supportive clinical learning environments.

Method: Students in early clinical training were asked to discuss and derive through consensual dialogue issues that need to be addressed and/or changed in reference to their clinical learning experiences. Themes were determined through focus group deliberation using the small group instructional diagnostic process.

Result: There is strong evidence, from this group of students, of an emergence of professionalism as student go from years four to five. Year four students requested more student-centered assistance and scaffolding as learners, while year five students appear to be seeking more independent and professionally applicable learning experiences.

Conclusion: Deriving consensus-driven ideas from students is a potent system for gaining insights into the needs of students within the clinical setting. These ideas can be instructive for educationalists in enabling more supportive learning environments.

Item ID: 27646
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2180-1932
Keywords: medical students, focus groups, professionalism, clinical year, learning environment
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 01:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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