Journal of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92--96

Why do medical students under-perform? A cross-sectional study from Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore


Chitra Nagaraj1, BS Pradeep2 
1 Department of Community Medicine, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Epidemiology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Chitra Nagaraj
#34, Sajjan Rao Road, V. V. Puram, Bengaluru - 560 004, Karnataka
India

Context: Globally, it is an accepted fact that training to become a medical professional is rigorous and needs a lot of hard work. In Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore on an average 15-25% of each year«SQ»s student intake have difficulty in completing the medical course in the prescribed duration of 4½ years. There are many factors which influence the academic performance of the students. Identification of these factors could help to establish a support system to help the students to improve their academic performance. Objective: This study was designed with the objective of evaluating the factors affecting the academic performance of medical students. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study included all currently enrolled and willing undergraduate students and interns. A general information questionnaire and the Denis Congo Study Skills Inventory were used to collect data. Secondary data on each student«SQ»s/interns marks were collected using the University marks sheet. Statistical analysis was carried out using STATA- Intercooled version 10.1 for windows (Stata Corp, Texas, USA). Results: A total of 205 girls and 162 boys provided complete information. Univariate (odds ratio = 1.06, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.00-1.13) and multivariate (adjusted odds ratio = 1.09, 95% CI: 1.02-1.16) analysis revealed that note taking skills was significantly associated with good performance. Every unit increase in note taking skills increased the odds of success by 9%. Conclusion: This study has identified poor study skills, note taking in particular to be a statistically significant cause for poor academic performance.


How to cite this article:
Nagaraj C, Pradeep B S. Why do medical students under-perform? A cross-sectional study from Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2014;3:92-96


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Nagaraj C, Pradeep B S. Why do medical students under-perform? A cross-sectional study from Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 26 ];3:92-96
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