Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
versión On-line ISSN 1982-4335
ALMEIDA, Alessandro de Moura et al. Intensive care medicine on medical undergraduation: student's perspective. Rev. bras. ter. intensiva [online]. 2007, vol.19, n.4, pp. 456-462. ISSN 1982-4335. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-507X2007000400009.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There are deficiencies on Intensive Medicine (IM) teaching in most of medical undergraduate schools. Those deficiencies may imply damages on their clinical competence. The objective of this study was to analyze current status of IM teaching and the medical undergraduate student interest in this speciality. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in 2005. We applied a self-reported questionnaire to enrolled students between the sixth and the last semesters of two medical schools from Salvador-Bahia. The questionnaire contained questions about students' interest and knowledge on IM, and opinion on IM teaching in their schools. RESULTS: We studied 570 students. Most of them (57.5%) had never realized a clerkship in intensive care unit (ICU) despite classifying its usefulness as high (mean of 4.14 ± 1.05, in a scale from 1 to 5). IM interest was high or very high in 53.7% of sample. Almost all students (97%) thought that IM topics should be more explored at their curriculum. Only 42.1% reported to be able to assess a critical care patient and this assurance was higher among students with previous clerkship in ICU (p < 0.001). Shock, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and sepsis were the most interesting topics in ICU for students' opinion. CONCLUSIONS: This study revealed a high interest in IM among medical undergraduate students. However, most had never practice a clerkship in ICU, demonstrating to be an important factor on undergraduate student performance faced to a critical care patient.
Palabras clave : Education; ICU; Medical Students.