Indian Journal of Community Medicine

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Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126--129

Factors affecting the performance of undergraduate medical students: A perspective


Ananya Mandal, Arijit Ghosh, Gairik Sengupta, Tapas Bera, Nina Das, Subir Mukherjee 
 Department of Pharmacology, Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Ananya Mandal
41B, Dr. G.S. Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 039, West Bengal
India

Context: Performance of medical students in developing nations like India is perceived to have largely declined. Aims: We attempted to assess the reasons behind such trends. Settings and Design: Students in their third year of medical study were given a predesigned, pretested structured and validated questionnaire that they filled in anonymously. The key areas assessed were concentration, interest and understanding of the subject and other perceived causes of poor performance. Tests for descriptive statistics were applied for evaluation. Results and Conclusions: One hundred and fifty students participated in the study. Fifty-five (36.66%) students performed poorly. Male gender, inability to clear the previous professional examination at the first attempt, difficulty in understanding medium of instruction, self-assessed depression, sleep disorders and perceived parental and peer pressure and dissatisfaction with career choice were significantly linked with poor performance (P<0.05 for each factor). Socioeconomic status and regularity in class were not linked to academic performance.


How to cite this article:
Mandal A, Ghosh A, Sengupta G, Bera T, Das N, Mukherjee S. Factors affecting the performance of undergraduate medical students: A perspective.Indian J Community Med 2012;37:126-129


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Mandal A, Ghosh A, Sengupta G, Bera T, Das N, Mukherjee S. Factors affecting the performance of undergraduate medical students: A perspective. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Jun 16 ];37:126-129
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