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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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RAMOS-RODRIGUEZ, Mariana I.  and  SOTOMAYOR, Renzo. To do or not to do a thesis: reasons by medical students at a public university and factors related. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2008, vol.25, n.3, pp.322-324. ISSN 1726-4634.

To determine the reasons to do or not to do a thesis and factors related to this decision in pre-internship medical students from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. We surveyed all students, 102 agreed to participate (72%) and 9 were eliminated. Twenty-two (23.7%) had the intention to prepare a thesis. Main reasons for not to do it involved from self-perception of research knowledge deficiencies to scare financial resources. The main reason for conducting a thesis was that the student enjoys doing research (76.2%). Multivariated analysis showed that had taken extracurricular courses related to research was the only factor associated to the intention to prepare a thesis (RPa = 2.54; IC95% = 1.19 to 5.43). Strategies to increase the number of thesis should involve strengthening knowledge of scientific methodology using new teaching experiences; and motivation of alumni by the example, use of mentorship and active participation in research projects, research institutes or in the scientific student associations.

Keywords : Academic dissertation; Students, medical; Research.

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