The relationship between physical activity and BMI among Iraqi medical students
Iraq (IFMSA-Iraq) - University of Baghdad/College of Medicine, Baghdad
Community Medicine
Prof. Dr. Faris Hasan Al-Lami
Prof. Dr. Faris Hasan Al-Lami
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Physical activity has both health promoting and disease preventing properties; an increase in physical activity is one of the measures that would have the greatest positive impact on the health of the population. If everyone followed the recommendation of being physically active on a daily basis, the health of the population would improve considerably and healthcare costs would drop dramatically. And medical students have certain privileges and responsibilities different from those of other students and they must be aware that they are often acting in the position of a qualified doctor and their fitness will affect patients and make their endorsement of an active lifestyle when giving directions to the patients regarding physical activity more credible. Also they must be aware that their behaviour outside the clinical the clinical environment, Including their physical activity may have an impact on their fitness to practice medicine. Hopefully by the end of the project students will have acquired enough skills to do their own epidemiological studies and may be they will get a chance to publish their results in the school magazine.
What is the aim of the project?
Increase the knowledge of the incoming student about the obesity ranges of the Iraqi Medical Students.
What techniques and methods are used?
the project will consist of gathering data from a sample of Iraqi medical students using the short form of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), and the data will be analyzed according to the guidelines for data processing and analysis of the IPAQ that were published in November 2005.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will be involved taking samples of different body weights and measure the effect of the exercise on them, the student will participate actively during his exchange period
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Yes, student will have to read articles and attends lectures related to the subjects in the study
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student will need to have basic or theoretical knowledge of community medicine, epidemiology and data analysis.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
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