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Table 1 Experience of Basic Medical Science Topics

From: Cuban medical training for South African students: a mixed methods study

  Cuban-trained South African-trained Mann-Whitney Z p
Median Mean (SD) Median Mean (SD)
1. Biochemistry* 4.00 4.32(0.67) 3.00 3.36(0.91) −4.29 .000
2. Biostatistics and epidemiology* 5.00 4.54(0.64) 3.00 3.10(1.09) −5.34 .000
3. Genetics 4.00 4.04(0.88) 3.00 3.26(0.96) −3.00 .003
4. Gross anatomy/dissection 5.00 4.32(0.98) 4.00 3.83(1.12) −2.01 .044
5. Immunology 4.50 4.18(0.98) 4.00 3.74(1.04) −1.83 .067
6. Introduction to clinical medicine 5.00 4.41(0.69) 4.00 4.17(0.89) −0.98 .329
7. Social science, ethics, politics* 4.00 4.11(1.01) 3.00 3.07(1.26) −3.32 .001
8. Microanatomy/Histology* 5.00 4.32(0.86) 3.00 3.05(1.29) −4.07 .000
9. Microbiology 4.50 4.36(0.73) 4.00 3.62(1.08) −2.96 .003
10. Neuroscience 4.00 3.78(0.89) 4.00 3.49(1.14) −0.90 .368
11. Pathology 4.50 4.32(0.77) 4.00 3.86(1.03) −1.88 .060
12. Pharmacology 4.00 4.29(0.71) 4.00 3.57(1.05) −2.16 .031
13. Physiology 5.00 4.39(0.74) 4.00 3.91(1.05) −1.98 .048
14. Psychology* 5.00 4.54(0.58) 3.00 3.21(1.26) −4.52 .000
15. Pathophysiology of disease 4.50 4.39(0.69) 4.00 4.02(0.95) −1.54 .123
16. Introduction to the patient 5.00 4.68(0.61) 4.00 4.10(1.04) −2.61 .009
17. Research ethics* 4.00 4.29(0.81) 3.00 2.88(1.31) −4.44 .000
18. Foreign languages* 5.00 4.36(0.87) 2.00 2.40(1.35) −4.75 .000
  1. *p < .00094
  2. Note: The response scale has scores from 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent), with an additional option for “not studied”
  3. The participants that indicated a subject “not studied” were not included in the analyses for comparison