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Medical education in a foreign language and history-taking in the native language in Lebanon - a nationwide survey.
BMC Med Educ ; 16(1): 298, 2016 Nov 22.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27876043
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

With the adoption of the English language in medical education, a gap in clinical communication may develop in countries where the native language is different from the language of medical education. This study investigates the association between medical education in a foreign language and students' confidence in their history-taking skills in their native language.

METHODS:

This cross-sectional study consisted of a 17-question survey among medical students in clinical clerkships of Lebanese medical schools. The relationship between the language of medical education and confidence in conducting a medical history in Arabic (the native language) was evaluated (n = 457).

RESULTS:

The majority (88.5%) of students whose native language was Arabic were confident they could conduct a medical history in Arabic. Among participants enrolled in the first clinical year, high confidence in Arabic history-taking was independently associated with Arabic being the native language and with conducting medical history in Arabic either in the pre-clinical years or during extracurricular activities. Among students in their second clinical year, however, these factors were not associated with confidence levels.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite having their medical education in a foreign language, the majority of students in Lebanese medical schools are confident in conducting a medical history in their native language.
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Colección: Bases de datos internacionales Base de datos: MEDLINE Asunto principal: Estudiantes de Medicina / Multilingüismo / Educación de Pregrado en Medicina / Anamnesis Límite: Femenino / Humanos / Masculino País/Región como asunto: Asia Idioma: Inglés Revista: BMC Med Educ Asunto de la revista: Educación Año: 2016 Tipo del documento: Artículo País de afiliación: Líbano