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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83-87

Attitude toward learning of community medicine: A cross-sectional study among medical school students


1 Department of Community Medicine, Tagore Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.214974

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Background: Community medicine strives to protect and promote the health and well-being of the community through primary health care approach. However the preference of community medicine as career among medical school students and curriculum of community medicine is pivotal. Aim: The study intended to find the attitude towards learning of community medicine and also to assess the preference of post graduation specialty among medical school students. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study conducted at a teaching hospital located in Tamil Nadu, South India. The study questionnaire was administered to a total of 500 study participants and the data collected were analyzed using SPSS IBM version 21.0. Results: Almost 97% were of the opinion that community medicine subject is mandatory. Eighty three percent were interested in learning the principles. Only 21.8% students wanted to pursue post graduation in community medicine. Lack of attraction in terms of scientific technical interest, workplace conditions, and research potential has been reported for being not interested. Conclusion: Majority enjoyed to learn principles of community medicine at undergraduate curriculum but only few preferred to opt community medicine as post graduate specialty. Therefore there is a room to influence the medical students positively towards learning community medicine in curriculum.


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