Changes desired by medical students in current medical education and evaluation

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.

EFFECTIVE USE OF E-LEARNING IN BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES

ABSTRACT

Thoughtfully selected technology offers multi dimensional learning for novice medical students. Presently, almost all Indian medical schools have traditional, teacher centered classrooms, without or with minimal use of e-learning technology. The article explores the efficacy of using E-learning in medical education, especially in teaching basic medical subjects like anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to first year medical students.

The students engaged in E-learning activities will be able to construct their own knowledge through self directed learning. Eventually performance of the students may increase by implementation of E-learning at various medical colleges in India. The MBBS-Phase I students can be benefitted by using advanced E – learning technologies, like power point presentations, video demonstrations and video recording of classroom teaching as well, which are made available to students even after the lecture classes via E-learning portal through intranet facilities.

The incredible rapid growth of information in medical sciences should be paralleled by appropriate educational technology, without which efficient teaching in medical schools likely would not be possible. E-learning will be of great help to the slow learners in Indian medical schools, who are in significant number, since student’s admission to MBBS course is not purely on merit basis in most of our colleges. The issue of e-learning needs to be eaddressed since this mode of teaching, used too little in many of our medical schools, is the future of the initial or continuing medical education.