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Attitudes Toward and Involvement in Medical Research: A Survey of 8-year-Program Undergraduates in China

  • Jie-Hua Li
  • Bin Yang
  • Jing-Xia Li
  • Yan-Bo Liu
  • Hui-Yong Chen
  • Kun-Lu Wu
  • Min Zhu
  • Jing Liu
  • Xiao-Juan Xiao
  • Qing-Nan He
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)

Abstract

Background The implementation and expansion of an 8-year program is among the most important reforms in medical education in China within the past 10 years. In an effort to cultivate world-class medical professionals, there has been a significant movement toward engaging 8-year-program students in scientific research within the medical school curriculum. However, attitudes of these students toward and their involvement in undergraduate medical research have not been adequately addressed. This study aims to assess attitudes toward and participation in medical research of 8-year-program undergraduates in China. Methods A cross-sectional survey using an anonymous, self-report questionnaire was designed and implemented with 8-year-program students in their third to eighth years at the Xiangya School of Medicine at Central South University between March and April 2012. Results Among the 583 students targeted in our study, 415 responded, yielding an overall response rate of 71 %. Though most of the respondents had generally positive attitudes toward undergraduate medical research, only 47 % of them had been involved in research activities by the time of our survey. The principal barriers to research participation were inadequate experimental facilities and funding, high pressure to study, ineffective management structure, and limited availability of research supervisors. Conclusions The results of our study outline current attitudes toward and involvement in research of 8-year-program medical students in China. Though the necessity and importance of undergraduate medical research have been recognized, there is still much work needed to increase the participation of students in research and to improve the quality of research training.

Keywords:

8-year-program undergraduates Attitudes Involvement Medical research 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by grants from New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-11-0518), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2011JQ015), the Hunan Education Reform Project (2011), the Project of Undergraduate Education and Teaching Reform of Central South University (2012), the National Program of Web-Delivery for Elaborate Courses (2008, Medical Molecular Biology).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie-Hua Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bin Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jing-Xia Li
    • 2
  • Yan-Bo Liu
    • 2
  • Hui-Yong Chen
    • 1
  • Kun-Lu Wu
    • 1
  • Min Zhu
    • 1
  • Jing Liu
    • 1
  • Xiao-Juan Xiao
    • 1
  • Qing-Nan He
    • 2
  1. 1.Molecular Biology Research CenterSchool of Life Science, Central South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Xiangya School of MedicineCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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