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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


MUNOZ-CANO, Juan Manuel; MALDONADO-SALAZAR, Teresita  and  BELLO, Juan. Development projects for the training of intercultural competence by medical students. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2014, vol.17, n.3, pp.161-169. ISSN 2014-9840.

Aim. To contribute to the formation of the intercultural competence in medical students, essential for the medical performance. Subjects and methods. To generate strategies to develop intercultural competence in medical students, an educational research was conducted with 44 students at a university in the Southeast of Mexico in the summer of 2010. It was worked with projects based on type of problem. The product should be a community intervention to consider cultural differences. Results. 56% of the participants ended the study, of these, half had scans perception of health in their communities. The analysis was made by mean of key sentences of their reports to assess the conceptual change. Applying Ramsden's questionnaire found that students said they has improved their generic skills (problem solving, analysis, working with other students, teamwork, job uncertainty, plan own work) and they had very good perception of the course. Conclusions. While overall they skills and middle management of virtual libraries improved greatly, difficulties remained to identify barriers and cultural dilemmas.

Keywords : Interculturalism; Medical education; Project-based learning.

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