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Journal of Medicine and Life Science 2013;10(1):39-43.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22730/jmls.2013.10.1.39    Published online December 18, 2018.
Importance of an Orientation Program for Medical School Students: -Survey in a Jeju Medical School-
Ki Bum Sim, Sang Hyun Park, Yun Suk Choi
Correspondence:  Sang Hyun Park,
Abstract
Background
Jeju National University Medical School organized a week long medical school orientation program for new students in 2011-2012 called “Pre-Medical School Course” (PMS) to study the importance of an orientation program for new medical students. The main purpose of this program was to orient the newcomers to the medical school undergraduate program and encourage them to actively participate in most school activities. Objective and
Methods
We conducted a survey at Jeju National University Medical School to study student response to PMS immediately after the course and 1 year later. We present an analysis of student feedback.
Results
Most students (98%) were satisfied with the PMS immediately after the course in 2011; however, when the same survey was conducted on the same students exactly 1 year later, a severe decrease in satisfaction was seen. Most students wanted an emphasis on hospital experience from the start of medical school.
Conclusion
New students arrived at the medical school with many expectations and found the orientation program to be extremely important. However, this importance decreased in these students 1 year later. This raises several questions. Is the orientation program really not important or are professors and deans who have already completed medical school underestimating the importance of orientation programs for budding doctors?
Key Words: Medical student, Orientation program, Medical school
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