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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-35

The introduction of epidemiology in training future doctors: The Oman experience

Department of Family & Community Health, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Saudi Arabia

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Anjali Saha
P O. Box 35, Al-Khod 123
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23012223

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This paper highlights the emphasis put on epidemiology in the training of future doctors at Sultan Qaboos University. It describes the special features of the teaching of epidemiology making it needs-oriented with continuous practical application in the field throughout the preclinical period. The students take an active part in planning field studies using their knowledge of epidemiology. Integration of epidemiology with statistics enables the students to analyze and interpret their own data thus obtaining a quick feed-back of the epidemiological studies conducted by them. They apply their knowledge of epidemiology to evaluate the data and formulate intervention programmes. Close collaboration with the Ministry of Health provides an opportunity for the students to orient themselves with the important health problems of Oman and participate in the country's national programs. The scheduling of courses and continuation of application of epidemiology in the clinical years help to reinforce their knowledge of epidemiology and statistics for the clinical period and subsequent postgraduation.

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