Seminar as a method of teaching community medicine to under graduate medical students
Dr. Devi K
Research Question: Whether Seminar method can serve as an alternative and innovative method to teach “Environmental Health” for undergratuate medical students. Methods: Cross- sectional study was undertaken among 30 MBBS students in the Department of Commuity medicine, MAPIMS. The total students enrolled were divided into 3 groups and topics were assigned prior to the study. Pretest and Posttest was conducted to evaluate their performance and in addition feedback was elicited.
Results: The performance of the students by seminar method was encouraging woth 85% of the students scoring more than 60% in post test. The average score in pretest and postetst was 29.63% and 78.52% respectively. The difference was statistically significant with p value < 0.05. The students appreciated the method as it was different from routine lectures, innovative, interesting, Motivated to read about the topic, improved the students presentation skills, communication skills and provoked interest in the topics taught, interactive, helped them to come prepared and scope for participation. They suggested to have more sessions like this for other topic as well.
Conclusion: Seminar method was sucessfully used to teach “Environment Health” to under gratuate medical students.