Session Title: Medical Education
Session Type: Abstract Submissions (ACR)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that is more common among Asians compared with Whites but the prevalence of SLE is significantly low compared with common chronic medical diseases in westernised city like Hong Kong.
This study aimed to evaluate medical student knowledge on SLE and their feedback on teaching on SLE related topics at a medical school in Hong Kong
Senior medical students were recruited to complete a self administered questionnaire regarding learning, teaching and subjects regarded as important in SLE.
A total of 124 (109 MBBS IV, 15 MBBS V) medical students from the University of Hong Kong were recruited. Majority of students acquired knowledge on SLE from standard sources provided by curriculum teaching including lectures (98.4%), textbook (96.7%), patient contact (86.1%) and problem based learning sessions (64.8%). A significant proportion of students (77.0%) also obtained knowledge from internet and e-learning. An addition of 36.4% of students also preferred learning from extra-curricular sources including education leaflets from professional societies, family contact and television program. Most students regarded knowledge on clinical presentations (45.4%), diagnosis (49.6%) management and treatment (76.5%) as the most fundamental knowledge an average doctor should know more about SLE. Renal disease was considered most important (36.7%) among all organ involvement in SLE teaching. Only 8.4% of students regarded epidemiology and pathogenesis as essential but overall importance of subjects on epidemiology and pathogenesis, management and complications ranked 4.0/5, 4.3/5 and 4.2/5 respectively. These senior medical students graded their confidence in knowledge in SLE as 3.4/5. In general, the quality (3.9/5) and quantity (3.5/5) of teaching regarding SLE is good. Majority (85.1%) of students preferred to be taught by rheumatologists where as only 15.8% regarded rheumatology nurse as important sources.
Majority of students were satisfied with current curriculum teaching and valued clinical management with higher priority than epidemiology and pathogenesis among the taught subjects. Extra-curricular sources of learning including information from professional societies and rheumatology nurse may be considered as adjunct to teaching.
M. Y. Mok,
C. S. Lau,
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