Medical students' perception of their educational environment at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Soban Q Khan1, Mohammad Al-Shahrani2, Abdul Khabeer3, Faraz A Farooqi1, Abdullah Alshamrani4, Abdulrahman M Alabduljabbar4, Ahmed S Bahamdan4, Mohammad A Alqathani4
1 Department of Clinical Affairs, Academic Affairs, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Emergency and Critical Care, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Internship Clinics, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dr Abdul Khabeer
Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Room D3038, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, P.O Box 1982, Dammam 34212
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate students' perception of the educational climate in a medical school in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The difference in the perception of preclinical year students and clinical year students was also evaluated.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 2nd to 6th year students at the medical college of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. “Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure” (DREEM) was used to evaluate the educational environment.
RESULTS: Out of 518, 238 students participated in the study; participation rate of 45.9%. The average DREEM score was 112.38 with a SD of 22.4. Students' perception of atmosphere got the highest score (27.1 ± 6.7) of the five DREEM subscales. The 3rd year had the highest DREEM score compared to students of other levels, while the DREEM score of preclinical students was significantly higher than that of the clinical year students.
CONCLUSION: Perception of medical students about the educational climate was more positive than negative. Although the DREEM score and its subdomains showed a positive educational environment, students still mentioned some problematic areas that need to be addressed. Findings of this study could encourage other medical colleges in the KSA to focus on weak areas and address the issues raised by students, especially clinical year students.