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Keun-Mi Lee 1 Article
Effects of early clinical and basic laboratory exposure program on premedical students: a questionnaire survey
Kyu Hyang Cho, Hyun Sook Ko, Kyung Hee Lee, Tae-Yoon Hwang, Keun-Mi Lee, Sae Yoon Kim, Min Cheol Chang
J Yeungnam Med Sci. 2022;39(4):309-313.   Published online July 20, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/jyms.2022.00318
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Background
Because premed students do not take courses related to medicine during their first 2 years, they cannot establish their identity as students at medical schools, making it difficult for them to set goals as future doctors. We conducted an early clinical and basic laboratory exposure program for premed students and studied the effects of the program and student satisfaction levels.
Methods
We performed an early clinical and basic laboratory exposure program for premed students for 2 days and evaluated the effects of the program and student satisfaction with it. The program consisted of two types: type 1, where two to four students formed a group, which was assigned to a particular department to participate and make observations during ward rounds, outpatient clinics, examinations, procedures, and surgeries (in the case of basic laboratory work, the students partook in experimental observations); and type 2, where one student followed a medical school professor to observe the professor’s day. After the program ended, an online survey was conducted to investigate the effects on students, their thoughts, and satisfaction levels.
Results
In total, 114 students (91.2%) responded to the survey. Approximately 94% of them were satisfied with the program. They found that the program would be useful for deciding on future career paths, gaining knowledge about a department of interest, studying for a medical program after premedical studies, and befriending residents and professors in certain departments.
Conclusion
Early clinical and basic laboratory exposure programs are recommended for premedical students.

JYMS : Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science