Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

FAMILY MEDICINE EDUCATION
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3--8

Evaluation of teaching and learning in family medicine by students: A Sri Lankan experience


R. P. J. C. Ramanayake, A. H. W. De Silva, DP Perera, R. D. N. Sumanasekara, R Gunasekara, P Chandrasiri 
 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
R. P. J. C. Ramanayake
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, P. O. Box 6, Talagolla Road, Ragama
Sri Lanka

Background: Family Medicine occupies a prominent place in the undergraduate curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. The one month clinical attachment during the fourth year utilizes a variety of teaching methods. This study evaluates teaching learning methods and learning environment of this attachment. Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among consenting students over a period of six months on completion of the clinical attachment using a pretested self administered questionnaire. Results: Completed questionnaires were returned by 114(99%) students. 90.2% were satisfied with the teaching methods in general while direct observation and feed back from teachers was the most popular(95.1%) followed by learning from patients(91.2%), debate(87.6%), seminar(87.5%) and small group discussions(71.9%). They were highly satisfied with the opportunity they had to develop communication skills (95.5%) and presentation skills (92.9%). Lesser learning opportunity was experienced for history taking (89.9%), problem solving (78.8%) and clinical examination (59.8%) skills. Student satisfaction regarding space within consultation rooms was 80% while space for history taking and examination (62%) and availability of clinical equipment (53%) were less. 90% thought the programme was well organized and adequate understanding on family medicine concepts and practice organization gained by 94% and 95% of the students respectively. Conclusions: Overall student satisfaction was high. Students prefer learning methods which actively involve them. It is important to provide adequate infra structure facilities for student activities to make it a positive learning experience for them.


How to cite this article:
Ramanayake R, De Silva A, Perera D P, Sumanasekara R, Gunasekara R, Chandrasiri P. Evaluation of teaching and learning in family medicine by students: A Sri Lankan experience.J Family Med Prim Care 2015;4:3-8


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Ramanayake R, De Silva A, Perera D P, Sumanasekara R, Gunasekara R, Chandrasiri P. Evaluation of teaching and learning in family medicine by students: A Sri Lankan experience. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Aug 17 ];4:3-8
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