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Should sports and exercise medicine be taught in the Swiss undergraduate medical curricula? A survey among 1764 Swiss medical students.
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4614297
Author(s) Carrard, Justin; Pandya, Tej; Niederhauser, Laurène; Infanger, Denis; Schmidt-Trucksaess, Arno; Kriemler, Susi
Author(s) at UniBasel Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno
Carrard, Justin
Year 2019
Title Should sports and exercise medicine be taught in the Swiss undergraduate medical curricula? A survey among 1764 Swiss medical students.
Journal BMJ open sport & exercise medicine
Volume 5
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number e000575
Keywords Switzerland; medical students; online survey; sports and exercise medicine; teaching; undergraduate

The global lack of sports and exercise medicine (SEM) teaching at medical schools contrasts with evidence that physical activity (PA) plays a major role in preventing and treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aims of this study were to (a) examine whether Swiss medical students are expected to acquire SEM-related skills and knowledge, (b) systematically reviewed SEM teaching in the Swiss undergraduate medical curricula, (c) assess if Swiss medical students are aware of SEM and (d) whether they would like SEM to be included in their curricula.; Two authors independently screened the 'Principal Relevant Objectives and Framework for Integrative Learning and Education in Switzerland' (PROFILES) for SEM-related learning objectives and reviewed the curricula. 7708 Swiss medical students were invited to participate in an online survey.; 32 SEM-related learning objectives were identified in PROFILES with 20 of them linked to PA. Four of eight Swiss medical schools display limited mandatory SEM teachings. 1764 students participated in the survey (482.0% of the necessary sample size, 22.9% of all Swiss medical students). One in two students knew that SEM includes preventing and treating NCDs. Almost 95% of the participants would like SEM to be included in the curricula.; Despite its inclusion in PROFILES and comprehensive evidence that SEM should be taught at medical schools, this is scarcely the case in Switzerland. Swiss medical students have limited understanding of SEM, but are keen to have it included in the curricula. This study highlights the need for more comprehensive SEM teaching at Swiss medical schools.

ISSN/ISBN 2055-7647
Full Text on edoc
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000575
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