Perception of medical students and faculty on teaching of professionalism: challenges and suggestions for improvement

naam N. Mohamed, Zein A. Karrar


Objectives The aim of this study is to reflect on students’ and teaching staff’s perception regarding teaching of professionalism and challenges to its application. Methods This is a descriptive, cross sectional survey. The study included 210 final year medical students and 21 staff members at universities adopting teaching on professionalism and located at Khartoum State. A Five-point Likert Scale was used to assess medical students’ and teaching staff’s perception on general concepts and objectives covered by professionalism courses, teaching and assessment methods. Data was analyzed using Excel sheet and Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23.Results Students’ perception towards usefulness of professionalism course in achieving general objectives and concepts range from a mean of 1.55 for acquiring knowledge about historical roots and definition of professionalism as the most achieved objective to 3.65 for introduction to the group dynamics as the least achieved one. Main challenges fronting the teaching and assessment of professionalism included that unprofessional behaviors are not well addressed and learning environment is not well controlled to promote professionalism in addition to shortage in trained teaching staff.Conclusions and recommendations Overall perception of both students and staff about the medical ethics, good professional practice as well as communication skills is positive. A supportive and conductive environment for enhancing adoption of good professional practice skills should be created both at the academic institutions and the clinical training sites within the health system whenever possible.


Perception of medical students and faculty on teaching;professionalism;challenges and suggestions for improvement

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