Medical student education: Barriers to learning

BARRIERS TO LEARNING

There are many possible barriers to learning. Psychological problems, family problems, financial problems, bereavement and illness can pose as barriers to learning. The student clinic can be a useful place of intervention from which the student doctor can refer the student to a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, medical specialist, optometrist,  audiologist or physiotherapist.

Intensive studying can occasionally re-activate underlying mental conditions such as depression. Such conditions must be addressed so as not to become barriers to learning. Maladaption to the university environment especially of the first year student is an important barrier to effective learning. This maladaption can be reduced by a one week induction on starting the course

Students can due to financial reasons not afford to eat well, making them prone for the development of hypovitaminosis, scurvy and other nutritional deficiency disorders.