Self-Assessment of Final Year Medical Students’ Proficiency at Basic Procedures

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Olajide, T.
Seyi-olajide, J.
Ugburo, A.
Oridota, E.
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BACKGROUND: Procedural tasks are important in patient management, with varying degrees of proficiency expected at different levels of medical training. Little has been done in this region to assess the medical students’ proficiency at performing basic procedures. AIM: The aim of this study is to determine their self-assessed proficiency, degree of participation in performing these procedures and the use of skill-lab training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study is questionnaire-based, amongst final year medical students of University of Lagos, Nigeria. RESULTS: One hundred and forty students participated in the study. A significant number (82{58.6%}) self-reported level of proficiency for venepuncture was above average or excellent; for IV line placement it was a little less than half (65{46.4%}) and for urethral catheterisation 44 (31.7%); however it was quite low for the other procedures. Many students self-reported high level of participation for venepuncture (83{59.2%}); sixty one (43.6%) for IV line placement and 30 (21.7%) for urethral catheterization. The correlations between self-assessed levels of proficiency and participation were significant for all procedures. There was no exposure to the use of mannequins. CONCLUSION: Self-reported proficiency is lacking for basic procedures in a significant proportion of students with a low level of participation.
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Self-assessment , Procedures , Profiency , Participation , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Surgery
Olajide T, Seyi-Olajide J, Ugburo A, Oridota E. Self-Assessment of Final Year Medical Students’ Proficiency at Basic Procedures. Maced J Med Sci. 2014 Sep 15; 7(3):532-535.