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|Title:||Knowledge of Northern Ontario School of Medicine students on the subject of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder|
|Keywords:||fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;developmental disability;intellectual disability;Northern Ontario School of Medicine;medical education;healthcare education;medical school;medical students;mixed methods|
|Abstract:||Canadian physicians report feeling unprepared regarding the diagnosis and treatment Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This thesis investigates the knowledge that future healthcare practitioners gain during their time at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), as well as the advice they would give to women regarding the use of alcohol during pregnancy. This two-phased mixed methods study included two surveys (N=24), and a semistructured interview (N=8). Results indicate that NOSM students are unaware of the specifics of FASD and are not confident in their knowledge on the subject. Barriers to learning were identified as: (1) inconsistencies between student educational experiences; and (2) the overwhelming nature of medical education. Solutions involving enhanced opportunity for exposure, supporting experience through formal curriculum, and attaining knowledge from different sources are proposed. Through improving medical education, future physicians will be better prepared to care for individuals with FASD, thereby improving support for these individuals.|
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