Undergraduate research internships: veterinary students' experiences and the relation with internship quality

Debbie A. D. C. Jaarsma, Arno M. M. Muijtjens, Diana H. J. M. Dolmans, Eva M. Schuurmans, Peter van Beukelen, Albert J. J. A. Scherpbier

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Abstract

The learning environment of undergraduate research internships has received little attention, compared to postgraduate research training. This study investigates students' experiences with research internships, particularly the quality of supervision, development of research skills, the intellectual and social climate, infrastructure support, and the clarity of goals and the relationship between the experiences and the quality of students' research reports and their overall satisfaction with internships. A questionnaire (23 items, a 5-point Likert scale) was administered to 101 Year five veterinary students after completion of a research internship. Multiple linear regression analyses were conducted with quality of supervision, development of research skills, climate, infrastructure and clarity of goals as independent variables and the quality of students' research reports and students' overall satisfaction as dependent variables. The response rate was 79.2%. Students' experiences are generally positive. Students' experiences with the intellectual and social climate are significantly correlated with the quality of research reports whilst the quality of supervision is significantly correlated with both the quality of research reports and students' overall satisfaction with the internship. Both the quality of supervision and the climate are found to be crucial factors in students' research learning and satisfaction with the internship
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e178-e184
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume31
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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