Perception towards Problem Based Learning among Medical Students of a Private Medical College in South India

Joseph, Nitin and Rai, Sharada and Jain, Animesh and *, Maria Nelliyanil and Kotian, Shashidhar M. (2015) Perception towards Problem Based Learning among Medical Students of a Private Medical College in South India. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research, 9 (5). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2231-0614

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Introduction: Meeting the changing demands in medical education requires implementation of innovative teaching methods. Problem based learning (PBL) was introduced for the first time for teaching Community Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. The objective of this study was to obtain students’ perception towards this learning experience so as to evaluate its potential benefits. Study Design: Cross sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: This study was done in a private medical college between June to NovMethods: It was conducted among final year medical students. PBL was introduced to a randomly chosen group of students and their perception towards this learning experience was obtained. The assessment was done using a standardized questionnaire containing responses in a five point Likert scale ranging from strongly agreement to strongly disagreement. Results: Mean age of the 54 participants was 21.4±1.0 years. Majority were females 33(61.1%) and were Indians 45(83.3%). Majority of students strongly agreed to most parameters under application of knowledge base, clinical reasoning, decision making skills, self-directed learning and collaborative work experience in PBL tutorials. Similarly feedback regarding standard of PBL exercise, self/peer performance and facilitator performance in the PBL tutorials was strongly agreed to be satisfactory by majority of participants. However 24(44.4%) of them found PBL to be time consuming. Greater proportion of males felt that their contribution was not satisfactory during sessions (p=0.049). Conclusion: Students feedback towards PBL was found to be satisfactory in all aspects. Few barriers like demotivation on the part of male participants needs to be resolved by facilitators so as to improve output in PBL sessions.ember 2014.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem based learning; perception; medical students
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 06:19
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2015 06:19

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