Author: Wang C, Bratu I, Lewis M, Voaklander D, and Gladwin C Publication Year: 2013
Summary: Despite being a CanMEDS role that medical students should integrate into future practice, formal training in health advocacy remains fragmented in medical curricula across Canada. This study utilized pediatric trauma prevention as a stepping stone for assessing advocacy competency.
Description: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) have put forth CanMEDS roles to serve as a framework for medical education and ensure quality health care delivery to Canadians (RCPSC 2005). Medical students are taught to integrate the CanMEDS roles into their future clinical practice.

Despite being a CanMEDS role that medical students should integrate into future practice, formal training in health advocacy remains fragmented in medical curricula across Canada. This study utilized pediatric trauma prevention as a stepping stone for assessing advocacy competency among medical students.

The aim of this study was to utilize pediatric trauma prevention as a stepping stone for assessing advocacy competency among medical students. To achieve this first and fourth year medical students were administered an anonymous, cross sectional, five-point Likert scale questionnaire. The survey explored their awareness, attitudes, training and experiences in health advocacy. Responses from the two cohorts were compared.

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