ABSTRACT

Objective: The aim of education is to change the attitude. Thus, it has to be aimed at the minds of the students. Therefore, taking account of students’ opinion about the educational strategies, scheduling of syllabus as well as evaluation methodology is valuable. The feedback obtained from the students, therefore, would be essential to bridge the gap between the teaching schedule and ability of the students to learn. Therefore, a feedback was obtained from the students of Government Medical College, Miraj (GMCM) regarding their perceptions of the current medical educational program and the changes desired.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was given to 300 MBBS students of GMCM. It consisted of questions regarding teaching methods, teaching schedule, course duration of I MBBS, method of evaluation, student-teacher relationship and responsibilities of students, and the changes desired in the current system of education and evaluation.
Results: Student’s opinion was calculated in terms of percentage for different options.
Conclusion: Most students feel that the teaching schedule is too exhaustive and sometimes be provided for assimilation of what is learned. Furthermore, current education is knowledge oriented rather than being clinically oriented. There should be integrated teaching for basic sciences. Lectures should contain essential syllabus and lecture duration should be 45 min. Students learn better with discussions. There should be special education for poor performers, but strict evaluation of skills achieved by the students is desired. The evaluation should be objectively structured and more emphasis be given to practical examinations and viva. Furthermore, medical students be taught communication skills.