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J. Islam. Int. Med. Coll.. 2015; 10(4): 271-274


Assessing Awareness among Undergraduate Medical Students regarding Medical ethics and Medical Jurisprudence as a subject of Undergraduate Medical curriculum. Assessing Awareness of Medical ethics and Medical Jurisprudence among Undergraduate Medical Students-A Perception based studies

Sundus Ambreen, Ayesha Farheen Javid, Yasmeen Aamir.

Abstract
ABSTRACT
Objective:
To assess the awareness and perception of medical ethics and medico legal issues among undergraduate medical students. To examine the socio demographic determinants of the awareness and to determine the approach of students in different clinical scenarios. To emphasize the importance of teaching Forensic Medicine at the undergraduate level.

Study Design: Descriptive Study.
Place and Duration of Study: Islamic International Medical College(IIMC)and Foundation University Medical College(FUMC). In the month of june 2014.
Materials and Methods:
A descriptive study was done on a sample size of 177 undergraduate medical students. A questionnaire of 26 items was adopted from the literature, modified accordingly and was self-administered. The data was analyzed by frequencies, cross tabulations and graphs using SPSS 20.
Results:
The results indicated that 47% students found studying medical ethics interesting and informative, 54% thought that it increases awareness, and 62% find it effective in clinical problems. Other issues studied were, patientís consent, discontinuation of artificial life support, patient decision regarding termination of its life, receiving gifts from pharmaceutical companies, offering life support, organ donation and commercialization of health sector. Scenario based responses on current medico legal issues such as, fire arm injury, sexual assault; suicide and alcoholic intoxication were asked. The proportion of students who were interested in pursuing Forensic Medicine as future specialty was only 17%.
Conclusion:
Majority of students are aware of medical ethics and medico-legal issues. Students with educated parents and high socio economic status are relatively more aware. Mixed approach is observed in scenarios regarding medical jurisprudence. The study, therefore, recommends that Forensic Medicine should be taught at the undergraduate level because it is the only academic source for learning medical ethics and medical laws. Eliminating Forensic Medicine from the undergraduate curriculum would deteriorate the ethical and legal environment of our health sector.
Objective:

ABSTRACT


To assess the awareness and perception of medical ethics , medico legal issues and the approach in different clinical scenarios, among undergraduate medical students. . To emphasize the importance of the subject of Forensic Medicine in the undergraduate medical curriculum.To examine the socio demographic determinants.


Study Design: Descriptive Study.
Place and Duration of Study: Islamic International Medical College(IIMC)and Foundation University Medical College(FUMC). In the month of june 2014.

Materials and Methods:
A descriptive study was done on a sample size of 177 undergraduate medical students. A questionnaire of
26 items was adopted from the literature, modified accordingly and was self-administered. The data was analyzed by frequencies, cross tabulations and graphs using SPSS 20.

Results:
The results indicated that 47% students found studying medical ethics interesting and informative, 54% thought that it increases awareness, and 62% find it effective in clinical problems. Other issues studied were, patientís consent, discontinuation of artificial life support, patient decision regarding termination of its life, receiving gifts from pharmaceutical companies, offering life support, organ donation and commercialization of health sector. Scenario based responses on current medico legal issues such as, fire arm injury, sexual assault; suicide and alcoholic intoxication were asked. The proportion of students who were interested in pursuing Forensic Medicine as future specialty was only 17%.

Conclusion:
Majority of students are aware of medical ethics and medico-legal issues. Students with educated parents and high socio economic status are relatively more aware. Mixed approach is observed in scenarios regarding medical jurisprudence. The study, therefore, recommends

Key words: Key words: Medical ethics, Medical Jurisprudence, Perception, Curriculum Medical ethics, Medico legal issues, Jurisprudence, Perception, Curriculum



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