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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

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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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.134841

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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'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'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.

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