Background: A doctor should be able to establish and maintain professional boundaries and must be accountable. Medical students should have commitment to the growth of the medical profession. Professionalism is now a required competency across the continuum of undergraduate.
Objective: To study the level of awareness of social responsibility among fresh medical students and indirectly motivate them toward socially oriented profession by self-assessment.
Materials and Methods: Single group, cross-sectional observation study was done in a medical college in South India after approval by the institutional ethics committee. A total of 248 pre- and paraclinical level medical students enrolled and 237 participated in this study. A descriptive questionnaire addressing the communication attitude, studentís view on drug abuse, competence to face real-life situations, attitude to social responsibility, and research was issued to them. The data obtained were analyzed using SPSS 17 summary statistics software.
Result: Among the participants, 69.6% of students had desirable communication attitude, 11.8% had experienced intravenous drug abuse, 75.9% were confident to face real-life situations, 62% showed desirable social attitudes and responsibility, 38.4% expressed self-centeredness, 70.9% were interested in research, and 84.8% expected guidance from teacher. Questions that were not answered were taken as invalid response.
Conclusion: Communication attitude needs improvement by training. Current student behavior needs better relationship between students, parents, and teachers. Facing real-life situations is expected to improve in forthcoming years of study. A minor group of students needs to learn and apply desirable social behavior. Studentís role in research can be nurtured by teachersí motivation and guidance.
Communication attitude, drug abuse, social attitude, medical students