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Revista Medica Herediana

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CARRILLO-LARCO, Rodrigo M  and  CARNERO, Andrés M. Self-assessment of research skills and intention to pursue a career in research among first year medical students from a private university in Lima, Peru . Rev Med Hered [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.1, pp.17-25. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To determine de number of self-perceived skills related to biomedical research and the proportion of students interested in devoting his career to research and identify the factors associated to such interest in first-year medical students of a private university in Lima, Peru. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional analytic study in first-year medical students of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, enrolled in 2011. We used a self-applied, anonymous, questionnaire, which was previously tested and validated by experts, to assess the number of self-reported research-related skills, and the intention to pursue a research-oriented career. Results: The response proportion was 100% (143 students). The median number of self-perceived skills was 2.0 (7.0 possible). Statistical analysis and sample size calculation were the less frequent skills reported. The 71.2% of students reported intending to pursue research as a career. After adjusting for gender, age, admission modality and development of research at school, student characteristics associated to such intention included a greater age and the plan to involve in research late in their career. Conclusions: Although self-perceived level of skills for research in first year medical students is limited, they have a significant interest in engaging in research, constituting a potential source of human resources.

Keywords : Research; education medical; undergraduate; aptitude; Peru.

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