Medical Doctors Trainees Apathy for Extensive Reading: An Imperative for Future Medical Practice Success

Ojo Adereolu, N.A Ajayi

Abstract


Acquiring knowledge through reading is crucial for learning process of trainee doctors. Reading among other things is important as it relates to clinical competences. The study was carried out to assess medical Doctors trainee apathy for extensive reading. 184 questionnaires were administered to elicit information out of which 172 were returned and 135 were found useful (representing 78.5%). The questionnaires were distributed to the students during lecture periods and whenever they come to the library to read. Analysis of data collected was by simple percentages. Findings showed that the medical students under study used the library to read, surf internet, to borrow books and photocopy, that the students spent 17hours per week reading, that the materials acquired by the library were very useful. However, lack of time, current resources and hostile attitudes of library staff were among some of the challenges faced by the students. The findings revealed that medical Students understudy did not have apathy for reading. It is therefore needful for the library management to make library environment conducive for reading, motivation through enhanced funding, provide will enhance the students’ future medical practice. Acquiring knowledge through reading is crucial for learning process of trainee doctors. Reading among other things is important as it relates to clinical competences.  Current texts and made internet accessibility easy for the students.  If the following recommendations are followed it will enhance the students’ future medical practice. 


Keywords


Apathy, Reading, Medical Students, Information, Medical Practice.

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