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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 183

A need for research implementation in undergraduate curriculum

Department of Physiology, JN Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication18-May-2018

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Dr. Anita Teli
Department of Physiology, JN Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_320_17

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Teli A. A need for research implementation in undergraduate curriculum. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res 2018;11:183

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Teli A. A need for research implementation in undergraduate curriculum. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 May 22];11:183. Available from: https://www.ijournalhs.org/text.asp?2018/11/2/183/232693

Dear Editor,

Scientific research is the keystone of the current era. It is the need of the hour to inculcate research in undergraduate training. Research skills should be developed in students before their graduation by teaching and involving them in research during their course. Scientific research has been already integrated within their curriculum by several universities.

Emphasis on conducting scientific research as a part of active learning for undergraduates has been put forward by many learning theories. Scientific thinking and research methodology should be considered as an integrated part of the medical undergraduate curriculum. The purpose of involving the students in undergraduate research is to make them think like a scientist/specialist. The involvement also helps them in acquiring knowledge about literature search, collection and analysis of data, even procuring the research knowledge and skills, better knowledge of scientific findings, and career goals.[1]

The higher order research competencies such as critical thinking, problem-solving, lifelong learning, hypothesis formulation, methodology delineation, and results interpretation are seen to develop in students exposed to research studies in their early education according to several studies.[2]

Several educational organizations and universities have laid emphasis on scientific research in the undergraduate curriculum. The World Federation for Medical Education recommends in its “Standards for Quality Improvement in Medical Education” that the undergraduate curriculum should include medical research and education activities interaction with the encouragement of students to participate in research.[3] The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University (1998) recommended making research-based learning the standard in the undergraduate curriculum.[4]

Many studies have revealed that medical research can be successfully integrated into undergraduate medical training.[1] According to latest editorial report the “Indian Medical Education Curriculum” has to be formed including research as a part.[5]

To conclude, the undergraduate research should be encouraged in early stages of education to improve their overall personality and practicing ability making them scientist as well as specialist in their respective fields.

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Commission B, Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities. U.S.A.: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching California; 1998. p. 54.  Back to cited text no. 4
Deepak KK. Promoting research in medical sciences. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2017;61:208-10.  Back to cited text no. 5


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