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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-116

Inculcating research skills among medical students during their training


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_146_20

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Research is the backbone of medicine, and the advancement in the field of research plays a crucial role in improving the quality of care offered to the general population. In general, the process of development of research skills by medical students can be either accomplished by integrating research within the curriculum or by means of encouragement of specific activities or course distributed throughout the course depending on a clearly defined plan. Like any other competency, it is a must that there has to be a framework for the assessment of research skills to ascertain the competency of medical students. In conclusion, it is the need of the hour that medical students should be given an adequate number of learning opportunities to develop research skills during their undergraduation period. However, for this to happen, research-related competencies should be included within the curriculum and a specific comprehensive framework targeting research-related attributes should be developed.


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