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Community-based projects in rural internships: an alternative approach

Community-based projects in rural internships: an alternative approach

Medical Education 26(5): 368-371

Supervision of medical interns posted to various primary health centres and rural health training centres by specialists in preventive and social medicine and other clinical disciplines is becoming less and less effective for a number of unavoidable reasons. Because of lack of proper and timely guidance, interns feel that during the 6-month rural internship they do not get enough experience of rural life. In order to provide them with learning experiences in community medicine and orient them in the social dynamics of the community, a new approach involving interns in small community-based projects, probably for the first time, was tried on a pilot basis at the Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Sirur, a field practice area of B.J. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India. Interns working at RHTC Sirur completed these community-based projects successfully. Identification of problems, study design analysis and drawing conclusions, based on observation, were all undertaken by the interns under the guidance of the staff of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, B.J. Medical College. The opinion poll at the end of the rural internship revealed that 76% of interns considered this experience valuable for improving their knowledge and skills, and 56% though that interaction during these projects was beneficial to the community as well. This experience with community-based projects for interns during their rural posting provides them with an opportunity for interaction with the community.

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PMID: 1435376

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1992.tb00188.x

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