Two medical students did not complete the placement experience in the fall: one was on medical leave and another dropped out. 10 nursing students were very interested in taking part in the placement experience, but due to time and scheduling constraints, only 6 were able to be placed. Thus, the fall placement experiences accommodated 168 students - 162 medical students and 6 nursing students. Following the fall session, the students were asked to complete another program evaluation online, as in the Spring '08 session. Results indicate that 147 medical students and 5 nursing students completed the second program evaluation, for a response rate of 90.5%.
Of those who completed the program evaluation forms:
- 71.7% (109/152) of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the second experience. 13.1% (20/152) were disatisfied or very dissatisfied with the experience, while 14.5% (22/152) were undecided or neutral (1 student did not answer the question).
- All 5 nursing students that completed the evaluation stated that they would recommend this experience to others. 1 nursing student stated that it should be made a mandatory experience for all nursing students.
- 130 medical students who completed the program evaluation (88%) provided a response as to whether they would recommend the experience to other students. 78% (102/130) said they would recommend the experience to other students. 9% (12/130) said they would recommend the experience to others, but only as 1 experience. The 2nd experience should be optional. 12% (16/130) said they would not recommend this experience for the following reasons:
- Most of the time was spent driving
- They did not learn anything additional from the 1st placement
- It was too time consuming
- Medical students were asked if the second experience was necessary or beneficial. Of the 133 students (90%) that answered the question, 95 (71%) thought the experience was necessary and/or beneficial for the following reasons:
- Opportunity to see another health profession
- Second experience was better/different than the first
- Opportunity to see more about scope of practice
- Opportunity to see patient in a different setting
- 29% (38/133) of students thought the second experience was neither necessary nor beneficial for the following reasons:
- Redundant - didn't add anything extra from the first experience
- Did not see enough patients
- MF5 is too busy - had to miss lectures, etc.
The following open-ended questions were asked of all the students. Both nursing students and medical students provided similar answers:
"What did you like most about the experience?"
Seeing patient/learning challenges faced by patients (most popular answer)
- Learning about the scope of practice of health professionals
- Going to clients' homes
- Shadowing a specific preceptor
- Discussion (debriefing) with preceptor and fellow student
- Seeing the value of home care/team base care
- Learning about a specific skill/tool
- Seeing the resources available in the community for patients
"How could we improve the experience?"
- Minimize the amount of travel/distance (most popular answer)
- Increase the variety of health professionals for students to shadow ("inadequare presentation of dieticians and SLPs")
- Timing of the experience ("between MF2-MF4")
- Only have one placement experience
- Enable students to see more patients
- Make the experience mandatory with nursing students/students from other health professions
- More student briefing/notice/give lecture instead
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