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Educación Médica

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ARRAEZ-AYBAR, L.A. et al. Acquisition of general skills in undergraduate students in Health Sciences in the Complutense University: a positive experience. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.3, pp.169-177. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction. We present here the results of the appraisal of the Complutense Conference on Research for undergraduate students in Health Sciences, an academic activity which has been running for two years, with the participation of 1,434 students. It was set up in this University to encourage communication skills and research methodology among undergraduate students. Subjects and methods. By means of an anonymous survey, the levels of satisfaction and interest of the students were evaluated (learning scientific methodology, learning to speak in public, etc.); similarly, that of the panel moderators (originality, methodological approach, iconographic presentation, oral presentation, viability and relevance of presentations given). Results. The First Conference had 500 registered students, all from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), with a total of 169 presentations (129 oral, 40 poster). In the Second Conference there were 934 students, 838 from the UCM and 96 from nine other universities, with a total of 286 presentations (180 oral, poster 106). Conclusions. This is an activity in which the student becomes an active manager and imparter of learning, and dynamically reinforces his or her skills in science communication. It also has benefits for teachers and the University itself, making it a ‘holistic pedagogical therapy'.

Keywords : Competency-based education; Education medical; European Higher Education Area (EHEA); General skills.

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