Teaching Infection Control Longitudinally in an Integrated Medical Program: will that make the difference?

Muhammad Halwani 1, Emad Koshak 2, Essam Maddy 1

Al Baha University, Faculty of Medicine, Al Baha, Saudi Arabia

King AbdulAziz University,Faculty of Medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

Introduction
Healthcare associated infections and related epidemics have a massive impact on patient safety. However, there are no medical schools, both nationally and internationally, who teach infection control as a part of their medical program. Faculty of Medicine, Al Baha University, Al Baha, Saudi Arabia (FMABU) developed an infection control program for its integrated medical curriculum. A total of 28 lectures, 10 practical sessions, 15 seminars, 20 tutorials, 20 self-directed learning, 8 field visits, 10 problem-based learning sessions on the topic of infection control were distributed between all 48 modules being taught in the medical curriculum.
Aim:
To tech infection control in the integrated medical program of the FMABU and to share the teaching experience with others.

Method
Students’ Knowledge Assessment survey was conducted on the 30 medical students enrolled during the 2012 academic year in the integrated medical program. It was administered once during their 2nd year and again upon completion of their 6th year.
Results
Clear improvement in the students’ overall infection control knowledge was detected respectively from 10% to 72%. (P< 0.001, CI 2.05 to 23.7).

Discussion
Teaching infection control longitudinally in an integrated medical curriculum is imperative for better compliance to infection control policies and procedures for future doctors. However, the impact of this integration on the clinical field might not be measurable at this stage.
Conclusion
We strongly believe that the teaching of infection control should start early as a part of life-long medical education

 

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