Does a socially-accountable curriculum transform health professional students into competent, work-ready graduates? A cross-sectional study of three medical schools across three countries

Woolley, Torres, Clithero-Eridon, Amy, Elsanousi, Salwa, and Othman, Abu-Bakr (2019) Does a socially-accountable curriculum transform health professional students into competent, work-ready graduates? A cross-sectional study of three medical schools across three countries. Medical Teacher. pp. 1-7. (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Socially-accountable health professional education (SAHPE) is committed to achieving health equity through training health-workers to meet local health needs and serve disadvantaged populations. This research assesses the biomedical and socially-accountable competencies and work-readiness of first year graduates from socially-accountable medical schools in Australia, the United States and Sudan. Method: A self-administered survey to hospital and community health facility staff closely associated with the training and/ or supervision of first year medical graduates from three SAHPE medical schools. Main outcome measure: Likert scale ratings of key competencies of SAHPE graduates (as a group) employed as first-year doctors, compared to first year doctors from other medical schools in that country (as a group). Findings: Supervisors rated medical graduates from the 3 SAHPE schools highly for socially-accountable competencies (‘communication skills’, ‘teamwork’, ‘professionalism’, ‘work-readiness’, ‘commitment to practise in rural communities’, ‘commitment to practise with underserved ethnic and cultural populations’), as well as ‘overall performance’ and ‘overall clinical skills’. Interpretation: These findings suggest SAHPE medical graduates are well regarded by their immediate hospital supervisors, and SAHPE can produce a medical workforce as competent as from more traditional medical schools, but with greater commitment to health equity, working with underserved populations, and addressing local health needs.

Item ID: 59922
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1466-187X
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Funders: THEnet organization
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 00:26
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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