Self-reported extracurricular activity, academic success, and quality of life in UK medical students.
International Journal of Medical Education
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Lumley, S., Ward, P., Roberts, L., & Mann, J. (2015). Self-reported extracurricular activity, academic success, and quality of life in UK medical students.. International Journal of Medical Education, 6 111-117. https://doi.org/10.5116/ijme.55f8.5f04
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between academic performance, extracurricular activity, and quality of life at medical school in the UK to aid our understanding of students' work-life balance. METHODS: A cross-sectional study, using an electronic questionnaire distributed to UK final year medical students across 20 medical schools (4478 students). Participants reported the hours of self-regulated learning and extracurricular activities undertaken each year at medical school; along with their academic decile (1 = highest, 10 = lowest). Self-reported quality of life (QoL) was assessed using an established screening tool (7 = highest, 1 = lowest). RESULTS: Seven hundred responses were obtained, across 20 participating medical schools, response rate 16% (700/4478). Factors associated with higher academic achievement were: graduate entry course students (2 deciles higher, p < 0.0001), more hours academic study during term and revision periods (rho=-0.1, p < 0.01), and involvement in teaching or research. Increased hours of study was associated with lower QoL (rho = -0.13, p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Study skills may be more important than duration spent studying, for academic achievement and QoL. Graduate-entry students attain higher decile scores despite similar self-reported duration of study.
academic achievement, extracurricular activity, medical student, quality of life, Adult, Cross-Sectional Studies, Educational Status, Female, Humans, Male, Quality of Life, Self Report, Students, Medical, United Kingdom, Young Adult
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.5116/ijme.55f8.5f04
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/291923
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