Korean Med Educ Rev.  2018 Jun;20(2):103-111. 10.17496/kmer.2018.20.2.103.

A Survey of Medical Students' Social Participation and Direction in Medical Education

  • 1Department of Medical Education and Medical Humanities, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. koy0004@hotmail.com
  • 2Moonsan Jeil Eye Clinic, Paju, Korea.


In the ever-changing medical environment, the social participation of medical doctors is becoming more necessary. Currently, there is not enough participation or action by doctors within our society due to reasons such as a lack of educational curriculum in this area. This study aimed to investigate medical students' opinions and attitudes about social participation and action. A total of 438 medical students were surveyed about their attitudes toward doctors' relations with the public, social participation, social action, and medical education for social participation or action. Regarding doctors' relations with the public, participants responded that the government (73.5%) and the media (82.0%) were causing social distrust of doctors, and more than 70% of the respondents answered that doctors were passive when it comes to social participation. When asked about social participation and social action, 76.7% of the students surveyed had experienced social participation, and 28.3% had experienced taking social action. A total of 73.4% of the students answered that medical education needs to be changed, and it is necessary to introduce subjects such as sociology and law to improve social participation and action. The results are significant in that they show medical students' thoughts on social participation and social action as doctors in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We believe that a change of medical curriculum to promote active and collaborative social participation by doctors is necessary.


Attitude; Communication; Curriculum

MeSH Terms

Education, Medical*
Social Participation*
Students, Medical
Surveys and Questionnaires
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