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First Year Medical Students’ Perceptions Towards Integration of Medical Law in the Medical Curriculum: a Pilot Study

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Medical law is not new in medical literature and can constitute an imperative component in medical education. Some medical schools include medical law as a compulsory component of the curriculum. In line with curriculum re-structuring at the University of Malaya, medical law was integrated in the medical curriculum and the feasibility of this integration into the Year 1 undergraduate curriculum was evaluated. Following implementation of a 4-week medical law module, an evaluation of the suitability of early integration of this module was conducted using a ten-item, 4-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree to 4 = strongly agree) questionnaire. Two open-ended questions were also included to gauge insights of the integration. All items were scored 3 points or more from the students’ responses (n = 129). Using the open-ended questions, recommendations for future directions as well as constraints and issues related to the integration of medical law into teaching and learning was revealed. Overall, findings of the study indicated that integrating medical law into medical curriculum at an early stage was beneficial for the medical students.

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Thanks to all Year 1 medical students who volunteered in this research.

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This study was carried out in University of Malaya when the corresponding author was attached to the institution

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Lee, S.S., Kulenthran, A. & Sim, J.H. First Year Medical Students’ Perceptions Towards Integration of Medical Law in the Medical Curriculum: a Pilot Study. J Acad Ethics 14, 169–173 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10805-016-9255-9

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Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Medicine
  • Medical law
  • Pilot
  • Undergraduate