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BLANCO BALBEITO, Nubia et al. Difficulties in developing research skills in medical students. Rev EDUMECENTRO [online]. 2014, vol.6, n.1, pp.98-113. ISSN 2077-2874.

Background: there is no true higher education without explicit and implicit research activity, it is part of the teaching-learning process and has a great value in professional education. Methods: A study was conducted applying the dialectical materialist approach and the mixed approach in order to describe the main difficulties in the development of research skills in medical students from the Lidia Doce Sánchez Medical Sciences Branch during the academic year 2011-2012. The universe consisted of 100 scientific reports prepared by students from 3rd to 5th years; the sample consisted of 60 of these reports. A guide was devised for the review. In addition, an interview was conducted with the head of department of the faculty and the president of the Federation of University Students. The data were processed using descriptive statistics with distribution of absolute and relative frequency and triangulation of sources. Results: the greatest difficulties in developing research skills predominated in 3rd year students. The design of the research had the biggest difficulties, mainly in the statement of the problem, the formulation of objectives and the hypotheses. Conclusions: there is a need to continue improving research training in order to improve the quality of students' scientific activity. The curriculum subjects and disciplines, tutors, and the FEU, as a student organization, must intensify their work in a way that would help increase motivation and participation of students in the student scientific forums, which would contribute to a further development of research skills.

Palabras clave : research skills; medical education; medical undergraduate studies.

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