Curso temprano de investigación en medicina. Desarrollo de lectura crítica, proyectos y escrito médico.

Translated title of the contribution: Early course on “Research in Medicine”. Development of critical reading, projects, and medical drafts

Héctor Cobos Aguilar, Patricia Pérez-Cortés, Sergio Charles Lozoya

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Introduction: Early exposure to research stimulates students to develop research projects (RP) and share results. Objective: To report the development of a RP, a poster, and a publishable article in a “critical reading of research” (CRR) course.
Method: 31 second semester medical students were evaluated in a three-stage course. 1) CRR (10 hours) of five published articles following a reader´s guideline (RG), that evaluated the methodological features and the pertinent
statistics of: instruments, case-control studies, RCT, validation of diagnostic tests, and cohort studies with group discussions. 2) Development of RP. 3) Diffusion of results in a poster and publishable article. CRR of the referred study designs was evaluated with a validated and consistent (0.67, KR) instrument with 50 items in the “T”, “F”, “D” format. Results (medians) were grouped into
random, very low, low, intermediate, high, and very high. Four Likert 1 - 5 questionnaires (never to always) were applied to evaluate the usefulness of a) The RG, b) The elaboration of a RP, c) The article and its diffusion, d) The docent´s evaluation. Frequency and consistency of responses were recorded.
Results: The group obtained a median of 32 in CRR; one student provided random answers, and 17 scored in the intermediate and high range. 19 students (four subgroups) completed their RP and medical draft. Questionnaires:
89% reported that the RG and the RP were useful, and the diffusion of their results was also useful in over 70% of cases. The docent´s evaluation was adequate. Consistency of the four questionnaires was between 0.85
and 0.96 (McDonald´s omega). Conclusions: With participative strategies, students can be motivated early manner to develop CRR skills, a research
project, elaborate a poster presentation, and a medical manuscript.
Translated title of the contributionEarly course on “Research in Medicine”. Development of critical reading, projects, and medical drafts
Original languageSpanish
Article number30
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages10
JournalInvestigación en Educación Médica
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions
  • Health Informatics


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