Brenda Delisle, Phillip Ebbs
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 10, Iss. 8, 09 Aug 2018, pp 342 - 347

Background: Universities are now frequently exploring international
placements and learning experiences for paramedicine students. This has
given rise to questions about the quality and meaningfulness of overseas
student experiences within the paramedic curriculum. Aim: This study
investigates whether a university-organised overseas trip provided a useful
clinical and cultural learning experience for undergraduate paramedicine
students. Methods: A 60-question survey was administered to participants,
with questions chiefly focusing on clinical and cultural experiences during
the overseas trip. Statistical software was used to analyse continuous and
categorical survey data. Findings: This international trip appears to have
provided a very useful cultural learning experience, but a sub-optimal clinical
learning experience for students (even despite child births, emergency room
presentations and blood-draws). Conclusions: A validated survey instrument
which builds upon current knowledge and literature could be used more
widely to evaluate and better understand the dimensions of quality in overseas
paramedic student placements.

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