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ISLAMIC MEDICAL EDUCATION RESOURCES 04

0105-IMPACT OF THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM ON KAP OF MEDICAL STUDENTS RELATING TO CANCER PREVENTION

Abstract written for the First Asean Conference on Medical Sciences, Kelantan. Malaysia, 18-21 May 2001 by Prof Dr Omar Hasan Kasule, Sr., Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University, Kuantan, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Knowledge, attitudes, and practice of medical students relating to cancer prevention have been recognized as important variables that can be changed by the medical curriculum. Change of attitudes requires continuous effort throughout the medical. The attitudes of today's medical students will determine the commitment of tomorrow's physicians to cancer prevention.

 

Objectives: The present cross-sectional study will investigate the types and sources of medical student KAP relating to cancer prevention and how they change as students go through the medical curriculum. Suggestions on curriculum improvement will be made in light of the study's findings.

 

Methodology: A KAP questionnaire has already been constructed and validated. It is administered to three groups of students: first year students who are just entering the medical school, second year, and third year students. The questionnaire includes items from the medical curriculum to investigate their impact on KAP. In-depth qualitative interviews are carried out with a small sample of the students to extend and explain the findings of the questionnaire. 

 

Results: The research will be completed in April 2001 and results will be reported at the symposium

 

Conclusions: The study will reveal students KAP and how it relates to the curriculum. Suggestions on curricular changes will be made in the light of the findings.

 

Key words: KAP, students, medical

Professor Omar Hasan Kasule Sr. May 2001