Knowledge and engagement in research activities by medical students: challenges and new opportunities - an institutional survey.

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Heloisa Resende Júlio Aragão Guilherme Lopes Rafael de Souza Anna Beattriz Silva Katia Santos Daniely Moraes Clara Guedes Fernanda Perez Fabrício Tiago Miranda de Souza Riceli Fagundes Claudia Yamada Utagawa


Objectives: to describe participation and knowledge in research programs by medical students from Oswaldo Aranha University Center (Centro Universitário Fundação Osvaldo Aranha, UNIFOA).

Methods: it was applied a survey during 2nd Symposium on Clinical Research - focusing on oncology in the South of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The survey was answered by medical students from UNIFOA, encompassing socio-demographic variables, and clinical issues.

Results: 73 participants answered the survey, 64.4% (47/73) of them registered up to 3rd semester. Regarding participation in academic research project, 79.5% (67/73) didn’t have any participation, more than fifty per cent 56.2% (41/73), tried to participate in a project, but only 23.3% (17/73) got success in this initiative. Concerning general knowledge in clinical research, 80.8% (59/73) affirmed not had any contact with theme up to moment in their graduation course. Questions evaluating knowledge in basic concepts, described that only 50.7% (37/73) of the students know the difference between basic and clinical research, and only 45.2% (33/73) know the steps of approval process involving medical procedures.

Conclusion: low engagement of medical students in research activities might explain the low rate of physicians working on this area. Their potential interest should be enabled by medical schools to increase qualified human resources which will accelerate Brazilian participation in clinical trials.

Keywords: Medical Students, Research Participation, Clinical Research, Academic Engagement, Research Challenges, Medical Education, Institutional Survey

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RESENDE, Heloisa et al. Knowledge and engagement in research activities by medical students: challenges and new opportunities - an institutional survey.. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 6, june 2024. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 july 2024. doi:
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