2003, Number 3
Rev Fac Med UNAM 2003; 46 (3)
Inducing medical students to research-progam and results
Acosta AE, Cortés GMT, Vélez GBI, Herrera ZBR, Alcázar LRM
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ABSTRACTThe program for inducing and incorporating medical students in research was evaluated through a follow-up study of students that participated in the program between 1991 and 2000. This group was compared with a control group of randomly selected students from the same generations, in order to test the hypothesis that students in the AFINES program achieve higher academic performance and are better prepared for careers in research. There was no difference in the academic performance between the groups, but the number of students who continued their postgraduate studies (masters degrees and doctorates) was higher in the AFINES group by 11.5% (RMP 6.43 p = 0.0001). The study shows that students in the AFINES program are more likely to follow a masters or doctorate research program after their basic degree years.