In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Factors influencing the Medical Students’ overall satisfaction about Research Training Programs offered in Saudi Universities: An exploratory study by Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti
Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti, from the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, reported that the objective of the study was to determine the factors influencing medical students’ overall satisfaction about research training programs offered in Saudi Universities.
He stated that Medical students [N=207] belonging to seven government universities, located at four different geographical zones in Saudi Arabia, were the focus of this study. According to Dr Al-Kuwaiti a pre-tested questionnaire tool was used to capture the student responses on a five point Likert Scale with respect to three factors viz: (i) extent of research activities offered in their College; (ii) involvement of Faculty in research and; (iii) infrastructural facilities offered by the College for research. A stepwise regression model was used to predict the overall satisfaction and the other explanatory variables.
Conference was further informed that the results showed the students overall satisfaction in research is likely to be influenced by three variables, such as the infrastructural facilities offered by the college for research (Coefficient of β is 0.187 and p<0.01); funding offered by the university for conducting research at the undergraduate level (Coefficient of β is 0.179 and p<0.01) and the emphasis put by the faculty for research (Coefficient of β is 0.282 and p<0.01).
Dr Al-Kuwaiti concluded his presentation by stating that the variables such as infrastructural facilities, research funding and the emphasis placed by the faculty for research have significant impact on the medical students’ overall satisfaction about the research training programs offered in selected Saudi Universities. He also stated that the “study will be an eye opener for the universities in Saudi Arabia” to give importance to these key variables to enhance the satisfaction of the students to participate in Research.
Correspondence: Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti, IAHCP Trustee/Director, Regional President for Middle East and Asia and IAHCP Publications Editorial Board Member
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