Assessment of Medical Students knowledge and perception about Importance of Forensic Medicine in crime investigation.

  • Rizwan Zafar Ansari Northwest School of Medicine, Peshawar.
  • Yasmin Aamir Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad.
  • Beenish Malik Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.
  • Salman Pervaiz Rana CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore.
  • Usman Shahid Butt Khawaja Safdar Medical College, Sialkot.
  • Noreen Farid M. Islam Medical and Dental College, Gujranwala.
Keywords: Autopsy, Forensic Medicine, Perception, Undergraduates

Abstract

Objectives: The study aimed to know the prevalence of scientific knowledge among medical students about the essentiality of postmortem examination. Study Design: Cross-sectional Observational Survey. Setting: Data was obtained from students of five medical colleges of Pakistan. Period: December 2020 to February 2020. Material & Methods: A questionnaire were designed to access the level of students’ comprehension about importance of post-mortem examination, collection of samples, autopsy report writing and courses taught in Forensic curriculum. Results: Most of the students 553 (79%) have shown satisfaction from teaching and training in Forensic Medicine. 252 (36%) suggested the need add case base studies (CBL) to improve the teaching methodology. 546 (78%) students were in favor of conduction of autopsy to know the unnatural circumstances under which death occurred. 154 (22%) of them stated that SGD are good teaching method for learning injury interpretation and 399 (57%) highlighted that there should be more teaching hours for autopsy visits and medicolegal clinics. Conclusion: Students are well aware about the importance of Forensic Medicine and conduction of autopsy. They are reluctant to opt Forensic Medicine as a medical carrier because of limited scope and court inquires.

Author Biographies

Rizwan Zafar Ansari, Northwest School of Medicine, Peshawar.

MBBS, M.Phil, MHPE, FCPS

Professor and Head Forensic Medicine

Yasmin Aamir, Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad.

MBBS, MSc, DMJ

Professor and Head Forensic Medicine

Beenish Malik, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.

MBBS, M.Phil

Demonstrator Forensic Medicine

Salman Pervaiz Rana, CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore.

MBBS, DMJ

Assistant Professor Forensic Medicine

Usman Shahid Butt, Khawaja Safdar Medical College, Sialkot.

MBBS, M.Phil

Demonstrator Forensic Medicine

Noreen Farid, M. Islam Medical and Dental College, Gujranwala.

MBBS, DMJ

Assistant Professor Forensic Medicine

Published
2021-01-10