Educational environments in Asian medical schools: A cross‐national comparison between Malaysia, Singapore, and China.
Introduction: Perceptions of the educational environment (EE) represent an important source of information on medical students' learning experience. Understanding and addressing these perceptions can help inform initiatives designed to improve the learning experience and educational outcomes, while comparison of student perceptions across medical schools can provide an added perspective. The aim of the study was to compare the EEs of three Asian medical schools: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore and Xiangya School of Medicine, China.
Methods: Medical students in the clinical years (N = 1063) participated in a cross-sectional study using the Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM). Data were analyzed using SPSS version 22.
Results: There were significant differences between the three medical schools in the total DREEM scores (F [2, 1059] = 38.29, p < .001), but all were in the category "more positive than negative" (mean score 135.42, range 128.97-142.44). Highest DREEM scores were noted in year 5 at RUMC (139.79 ± 79), year 3 at YLL (145.93 ± 14.52), and year 4 at XSM (138.56 ± 18.91). Variations in total and subscale DREEM scores were also found between clinical years in each medical school.
Discussion: Total DREEM scores at the three medical schools are similar to those reported from other undergraduate settings. However, significant variations occurred in perceptions of the EE, as students progressed through the clinical years. Greater attention to the learning environment and the curriculum may improve students' educational experience.
CommentsThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Arokiamary B, Russell V, Lim HA, Koay JM, Xia J, Zhao XH, Xu X, Wu DX, Chen JX, Kua EH, Mahendran R. Educational environments in Asian medical schools: A cross-national comparison between Malaysia, Singapore, and China. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. 2021:e12454, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/appy.12454. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Published CitationArokiamary B, Russell V, Lim HA, Koay JM, Xia J, Zhao XH, Xu X, Wu DX, Chen JX, Kua EH, Mahendran R. Educational environments in Asian medical schools: A cross-national comparison between Malaysia, Singapore, and China. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. 2021:e12454.
Publication Date1 March 2021
- Health Professions Education
- Population Health and Health Services
- Accepted Version (Postprint)