Vol. 5, Issue 11 (2019)
Effectiveness of modular training programme in imparting first-AID training skills among undergraduate medical students- a qualitative research
Author(s): Sangeetha Kandasamy, Harissh Ganesan, Shivkumar Gopalakrishnan
Abstract: Background: In undergraduate curriculum, first aid training is conspicuously neglected. Vision 2015 of the MCI emphasizes competency based medical education where integration of fragmented disciplines needs to be focused and achieved by a modular training. In this research we studied the effectiveness of such an intervention. Objectives · To assess the effectiveness of modular training programme in first aid skills. · To compare the various teaching/learning and assessment methods in training. Material and methods: An interventional study done at Medical Education Unit of GVMCH on 196 final MBBS students between June 2017 to July 2018. This training was subdivided into 7 modules, namely Introduction, Shock/Burns, Poison Management, Disaster management, BLS, Orthopaedic Emergencies and TAEI. The effectiveness of the modular training programme was evaluated by student’s response using feedback questionnaires. The different teaching/learning methods and assessment were evaluated by Likert rating scale. Results: 99% of participants agreed that the overall quality of the programme which include practical value, study materials, speakers, public health settings was good [p<0.0005]. 72.5% found that innovative modular teaching learning methods (CBD, PBL, Role play, Small group discussion) was effective when compared with conventional teaching learning methods in improving first aid skills[p<0.0005]. Individually modules 4 and 7[Lectures] were considered less effective by students. Comparison of assessment methods showed 97.2% fared well in OSCE whereas only 71.9% did well in MCQ pattern. Conclusion: Modular training in tackling emergencies is very effective in enhancing the skills of Medical Students.