Chan Choong FoongMedical Education and Research Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia
How did High Achievers Deal with Challenges: A Qualitative Study?
Author(s): Chan Choong Foong*, Nur Liyana Bashir Ghouse, Vinod Pallath, Nurul Atira Khairul Anhar Holder and An Jie Lye
Introduction: Medical students were bound to face academic and non-academic challenges in medical schools. Failures to deal with challenges could affect the well-being of students. This study aimed to explore the experiences of high achievers dealing with challenges in a medical school. It is postulated that high achievers also would be facing challenges like low achievers, but they manage the challenges better. Methods: This was a case study with grounded theory-based analysis. Fourteen high achievers in their preclinical studies were interviewed to collect data on how they dealt with challenges in a medical school. Two coders coded the interview transcripts using QDA Miner lite and categorized the codes into themes. Discussions were held among the coders to resolve any discrepancies. Results: Two themes emerged from the grounded theory-based analysis: help-seeking methods and stress.. Read More»