Perceptions of a research honours programme embedded in a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree: “the worst and best years of my life”

Anderson, E.M., Johnston, K., Gunnarsson, R., and Larkins, S. (2018) Perceptions of a research honours programme embedded in a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree: “the worst and best years of my life”. Focus on Health Professional Education, 19 (1).

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Abstract

Background: Although clinician-researchers are an essential part of the health workforce, the number of clinical researchers is declining. Student participation in research during medical school has been shown to promote a future interest in research. Therefore, to promote clinical research, it is important to evaluate educational pathways and the impediments to students undertaking research at medical school.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted to identify the challenges, benefits and enablers for students who are undertaking or have graduated from an embedded research honours degree in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree. Two researchers performed an ongoing thematic analysis. Data collection continued until data saturation was reached. Codes were reviewed and organised into overarching themes.

Results: Participants’ two main reasons for undertaking honours were an interest in research and to enhance career prospects. Lack of research skills, workload and support were identified as challenges, and peer relationships and available support were enablers.

Conclusions: The embedded honours model provides research training and the opportunity to engage with and contribute to the research arena.

Item ID: 53126
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-1100
Keywords: evaluation; undergraduate; medical career choice; medical education research; student support
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 22:01
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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