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THE STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES OF THE NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS OF FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND ALLIED SCIENCES, RAJARATA UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA

Authors:

Harischandra Kalum Wijayarathne ,

LK
About Harischandra

Temporary Lecturer,

Department of Anatomy,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,

Saliyapura,Anuradhapura,

Sri Lanka

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Vindye Raween Walpola,

LK
About Vindye

 Lecturer,

Department of Anatomy,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,

Saliyapura,Anuradhapura,

Sri Lanka

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Dhanushka Senevirathne Bandara,

LK
About Dhanushka

Temporary Lecturer,

Department of Anatomy,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,

Saliyapura,Anuradhapura,

Sri Lanka

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Panduka Mahamithawa,

LK
About Panduka

Lecturer,

Department of Pharmacology,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,

Saliyapura,Anuradhapura,

Sri Lanka

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Buddhika Wijerathne

LK
About Buddhika

Temporary Lecturer,

Department of Forensic Medicine ,

Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka,

Saliyapura,Anuradhapura,

Sri Lanka

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Abstract

Background

Information Technology (IT) is about to make a massive move into medical practice, not only in selected areas of 'high-tech' medicine, but throughout the field. Taken together with the experience from classroom teaching, optional teaching of basic information technology still needs to be integrated into medical studies. Therefore, the medical students must have a certain level of IT awareness to build a successful medical carrier.   

Methods

An IT course was designed for the new entrants to the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka to be followed during their orientation programme from November 2009 to February 2010.  After following the course, feedback was taken from new entrants individually using a validated questionnaire.

Results                                                               

Ninty four point nine percent of students agreed that the contents of lectures and discussions were useful and  67.54% out of it were strongly agreed.   Ninety three point six percent of the total have found the language used in teaching easy to understand but 55% of them were not strongly agreed.  Forty seven point seven percent of the students have felt that the time allocation for modules was sufficient but 30.9% needs more time.  Seventy eight point fine percent of total concluded as a well organized programme but 59.4% out of them needs it to be improved. Eighty seven point seven percent have felt the teaching sessions interesting.           

Conclusions                                                                                                      

The majority of students have felt that the course was well organized and have used a simple language and ultimately the teaching sessions have become interesting. The contents of the course were highly useful and they wanted the time allocated for the overall course to be increased.                                                                

How to Cite: Wijayarathne, H.K. et al., (2011). THE STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES OF THE NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS OF FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND ALLIED SCIENCES, RAJARATA UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA. Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics. 2(3), pp.233–235. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v2i3.2254
Published on 07 Nov 2011.
Peer Reviewed

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