|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 238
Students' perception of quality of medical education in a medical college in West Bengal, India
Netra Pal Singh
Professor, Department of Information Technology, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
|Date of Web Publication||24-Aug-2016|
Dr. Netra Pal Singh
Department of Information Technology, Management Development Institute, Mehrauli Road, Sukhrali, Gurgaon - 122 007, Haryana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Singh NP. Students' perception of quality of medical education in a medical college in West Bengal, India. Indian J Public Health 2016;60:238
|How to cite this URL:|
Singh NP. Students' perception of quality of medical education in a medical college in West Bengal, India. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Feb 26];60:238. Available from: http://www.ijph.in/text.asp?2016/60/3/238/189034
I read an article entitled, "Students' perception of quality of medical education in a Medical College in West Bengal, India" with high interest written by Mukhopadhyay.  I value it a very interesting study for college administration. The author identified the gap between expectation and perception of students with respect to five dimensions of service quality of medical education in West Bengal, India. The author used modified instrument (SERVQUAL) for the study. It is a very interesting study in line with the similar studies conducted in other countries.
I request some clarifications from the author. The sample of the study includes teachers and students, and questionnaire of the study includes some questions/statements for teachers. It would have been better that sample size includes only students as per the objectives of the study. Pilot sample consists of 100 students and sample size of the study is 199 (179 students + 20 teachers). Usually, pilot sample is much smaller than sample of the study. It could be 10% of total sample size.
Further to it, there is no mention about sampling framework. Research is performed using well defined and already researched and identified dimensions. It means that it is a fit case of confirmatory factor analysis. Wilcoxon-signed rank test is used for smaller samples of ordinal data, being nonparametric test for non-normal data; however, in this case, the sample size is 199 and no mention about non-normality of data. Data were collected on few demographics (gender, year of study), but results and interpretations are not based on these demographics. Table 1 and Table 2 in the original article  consist of values <0.1 which is contrary to the footnote of the table. Secondly, in factor analysis, highest magnitude of factor loadings is considered to identify component of a factor not its sign. Therefore, omitting the factor loading <0.1 with higher negative magnitude is not desirable. It would have been better to include at least mean score of all statements/questions before writing conclusions.
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| References|| |
Mukhopadhyay DK. Students' perception of quality of medical education in a medical college in West Bengal, India. Indian J Public Health 2016;60:4-9.