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Dealing with Academic Difficulty in Medical School: A Pilot Study

College of Medicine and Dentistry, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 83;
Received: 18 January 2020 / Revised: 19 March 2020 / Accepted: 19 March 2020 / Published: 23 March 2020
Some students struggle through medical school and do not have the confidence to seek help. This pilot study sought to explore the challenges and needs of medical students experiencing academic difficulty. Semi-structured interviews and online surveys were used to collect data from an academic advisor and thirteen medical students who had experienced academic difficulty. Unexpected academic failure and the loss of self-efficacy contributed to students hiding their academic difficulty and avoiding available support systems. Despite the sampling limitations, the findings of this pilot study have value in giving direction to future research. Programs that will change the current attitudes to academic difficulty, normalising access to support and encouraging early intervention, are needed to build the capacity for excellence among these students. View Full-Text
Keywords: academic difficulty; medical students; rural; academic support academic difficulty; medical students; rural; academic support
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Malau-Aduli, B.S.; Ray, R.A.; O’Connor, T.; van der Kruk, Y.; Alele, F.O.; Bellingan, M. Dealing with Academic Difficulty in Medical School: A Pilot Study. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 83.

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