Michelle McLean

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When Emirati (Muslim) women (n = 218) were asked about their preferred physician (in terms of gender, religion, and nationality) for three personal clinical scenarios, a female was almost exclusively preferred for the gynecological (96.8%) and "stomach" (94.5%) scenarios, while ±46% of the women also preferred a female physician for the facial allergy(More)
WebCT, front-end software for Internet-delivered material, became an integral part of a problem-based learning, student-centred curriculum introduced in January 2001 at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (South Africa). A template for six curriculum and two supplementary modules was developed. Organiser and Tool pages were added and files uploaded as(More)
BACKGROUND The recognition of medical professionalism as a complex social construct makes context, geographical location and culture important considerations in any discussion of professional behaviour. Medical students, medical educators and practitioners are now much more on the move globally, exposing them to cultural and social attitudes, values and(More)
BACKGROUND Change in medical education has brought with it new perspectives on content, process, assessment and evaluation. With this change has emerged a new discourse. New words and phrases, used by many but not always fully understood, have infiltrated every aspect of our academic lives. One such term which we believe is used relatively freely but which(More)
In a multicultural student population at a South African medical school, for over one-third of students (Years 1-5) undertaking a traditional curriculum, culture was an important consideration in their choice of a role model. This was particularly so for senior students, perhaps reflecting their relatively recent exposure to patients and their forthcoming(More)
CONTEXT Increasingly, male medical students report being refused by female patients, particularly in obstetrics and gynaecology, which is impacting on recruitment into the discipline. However, little has been documented in terms of Muslim patients and medical students in the clinical consultation. METHODS Female Emirati nationals (n = 218) attending(More)
Following a comprehensive study of the role models identified by the first five years of students in a traditional medical programme, it was hypothesized that with curriculum reform clinical role models would assume greater importance earlier in the undergraduate medical programme. Indeed, when compared with their first- and second-year traditional(More)
BACKGROUND The small group tutorial is a cornerstone of problem-based learning. By implication, the role of the facilitator is of pivotal importance. The present investigation canvassed perceptions of facilitators with differing levels of experience regarding their roles and duties in the tutorial. METHODS In January 2002, one year after problem-based(More)
OBJECTIVE Like many other medical education bodies, the Health Professions Council of South Africa has advocated changes in the education and training of medical practitioners. The suggested reform includes early clinical exposure in a range of settings. Early in the design of Curriculum 2001, a problem-based learning programme, health care visits in Year 1(More)