Variables affecting medical faculty students' achievement: A Mersin university sample

Background: Training provided in medical faculties is mainly composed of two phases: preclinical and clinical.Preclinical period,or the first three years,consists of theoretical classes and practical implementations to develop vocational skills.In the clinical period,students are given applied courses.Objectives: This study aimed to determine the role of demographic characteristics and medical students' life habits on their academic achievement.Patients and Methods: For this purpose,a 20-item survey form with two sections developed by the researchers was used.Students were also asked to identify the averages of committee exams as the academic achievement indicator.Participating students (n = 287) were from Mersin University Medical Faculty during 2012-2013 session.Results: Totally,60.3% of the students were males with an average age of 21.16 ± 1.39,and their general grade point average was 63.39 ± 9.08.Students in their second year (P = 0.000),who were females (P = 0.000),graduated from Anatolian Teachers High Schools (P = 0.002),financially well off (P = 0.026),stayed in state hostels (P = 0.032),did not smoke (P = 0.042) and regularly did sports (P = 0.016) were significantly more successful compared to others.Conclusions: Students' socioeconomic resources and habits play roles on academic achievement.Solutions that incorporate economic support which can eliminate negative situations leading to inequality of opportunity among students would increase students' achievement.© 2014,Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal;Published by Kowsar Corp.

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