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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Were Tobacco Topics Delivered to Medical Students?: A Tobacco Medical Curriculum Survey at the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Gadjah Mada (FM-UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yayi Suryo Prabandari, Ph.D, Nawi Ng, MD, MPH, and Retna Siwi Padmawati, MA. Department of Public Health, Gadjah Mada University, School of Medicine, IKM Building 3rd Floor, FK UGM, Sekip Utara, Jogjakarta, 55281, Indonesia

Objective: The purpose of this survey was to obtain a description of “how much” and “in what subjects” tobacco topics were delivered to medical students. In addition, students were asked for their suggestions for integrating tobacco topics into the medical curriculum, and their confidence that they could educate people on smoking cessation.

Methods: Researchers distributed questionnaires to medical faculty, undergraduate students and internship students. Since 2000 the Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum has been implemented in the FM-UGM. However, there were two batches of students when the survey was conducted: the Conventional Curriculum Students (C-CS) and the PBL Curriculum Students (PBL-CS). Two hundred and fifty eight C-CS, 246 PBL-CS students and 77 Internship Students (I-S) participated in this survey.

Results: More than sixty percent of C-CS reported that tobacco topics were given in Public Health (64%) and Social Science Subjects (63%), while 71% of PBL-CS reported that they obtained it in the Public Health Block. I-S indicated that they received tobacco topics in internal medicine (83%), and the Ear Nose and Throat (44%) clinical rotations. However, the majority of students reported that the tobacco content was not sufficient for their basic knowledge in the future as a doctor. When they were asked in what subject tobacco topics should be delivered, C-CS recommended that tobacco topics should be given in Community medicine (74%), Behavioral Medicine (68%) and Internal Medicine (64%), while PBL-CS suggested integrating it into Public Health and Circulation & Respiration Blocks, and the I-S recommended giving it in the Internal Medicine rotation.