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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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BRITO, Jesús David; ESCOBAR, Jorge Sebastian; URIZAR, César  and  AYALA, José Nicolás. Perception about university training in medical research: A LatinAmerican study. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2020, vol.53, n.2, pp.47-52. ISSN 1816-8949.


Scientific development is considered a component of medical education, due to the implication of research to professional training there is no truly higher education without active research.


To analyze the perception of medical students in Latin America about university training in scientific research.

Materials and methods:

An observational, descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted where 488 medical students from 12 Latin American countries were included. A structured questionnaire was applied using an online form of 10 questions, divided into two sections: the first one with the sociodemographic variables, and the second one about the perception of student training with a Likert scale of five categorical values.


The age ranged from 17 to 34 years with an average of 22.34 years and a standard deviation of 2.76. 99.8% considered important university training in scientific research topics.


The majority of students consider it important to receive training in their universities on topics such as critical reading, scientific writing, bibliographic search, research methodology and biostatistics. In general, the perception of the training received is from regular to deficient.

Keywords : Research; Education; Medical; Biostatistics; Perception..

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