Perceptions of students in different phases of medical education of the educational environment: Universiti sultan Zainal Abidin

A. Rahman, Nor Iza and Abd Aziz, Aniza and Zainal , Zulkifli and Muhammad Arshad, Haj and Farah hanani , Binti Mohd Nasir and Sharvina , Pergalathan and Muhammad , Ismail Hamid and Ismail, Salwani and Simbak , Nordin and Haque , Mainul (2015) Perceptions of students in different phases of medical education of the educational environment: Universiti sultan Zainal Abidin. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 6. pp. 211-222. ISSN 1179-7258

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Background:The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) was planned and designed to quantify the educational environment precisely for medical schools and health-related professional schools. DREEM is now considered a valid and reliable tool, which is globally accepted for measuring the medical educational environment. The educational environment encountered by students has an impact on satisfaction with the course of study, perceived sense of well-being, aspirations, and academic achievement. In addition to being measurable, the educational environment can also be changed, thus enhancing the quality of medical education and the environment, and the medical education process. The objective of this study was to assess the educational environment of the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) undergraduate medical program from the students’ perspective. The study expected to explore UniSZA medical students’ overall perceptions, perceptions of learning, teachers, atmosphere, academic self-perception, and social self-perception using the DREEM questionnaire. Methods:A cross-sectional survey was conducted to study the perceptions of the students toward the educational environment of UniSZA as a new medical school, using the DREEM questionnaire. All medical students of UniSZA from Years I–V enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programs were the target population (n=270). Therefore, the universal sampling technique was used. The data were analyzed using the SPSS20 software. This study obtained ethical clearance from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UniSZA. Results:A total of195 out of270 students responded. Respondents included31% males and 69% females. The overall DREEM scores were significantly higher (P,0.001) for females than males. Conclusion:The medical students at UniSZA showed a positive perception of their educational environment. The new medical faculty, established for only a few years, has achieved an above-average, conducive educational environment for students. Most of the students showed a positive perception for the entire five domains tested in the DREEM survey. Females were consistently satisfied with UniSZA’s educational environment, and self-perception was high, as compared to male undergraduates

Item Type: Article
Keywords: perceptions, medical students, educational environment, DREEM, UniSZA
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Dr Mainul Haque
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 02:34
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 02:34

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