Comparison of learning resources for Medical Pharmacology in a Caribbean Medical School (Published 2015)
Apr 06, 2016
Zhong Q and Mohanram A
The purpose of this study is to assess which resources help students better to learn Medical Pharmacology in a Caribbean Medical School.
Purpose: To assess which resources help students better to learn Medical Pharmacology in a Caribbean Medical School.
Methods: A questionnaire was completed by 70 students who had successfully passed Pharmacology in their 4th semester at St Matthew’s University School of Medicine. Students were asked to rate study resources on a 1-5 scale based on their perceived benefit to their learning Medical Pharmacology, with 1 representing least helpful and 5 being most helpful. Mean scale was calculated.
Results: Students rated helpful resources with a mean scale from high to low as: PowerPoint slides, lecturing, team-based learning (TBL), exam reviews, teacher’s individual supervision, USMLEWORLD (UW) Step 1 Q bank, Kaplan Step 1 Q bank, Kaplan lecture notes and video, and Katzung’s review, which had a mean scale of highest as 4.6, and lowest 3.0. Teacher assistant session was rated with a mean scale 3.1. All other resources were rated with a mean scale less than 3, including Katzung’s Pharmacology text book, BRS Pharmacology, Pretest of Pharmacology, and Exam Master.
Conclusions: Lecturing with our own PowerPoint slides is the preferred mode of learning. The Kaplan lecture notes, video and Q bank, and UW Q bank are also useful.
A compact and concise paper that highlights the value of preparing presentations that are suited to the proposed audience. I think this paper is relevant to the local community only however.
Very interesting topic. I think there are many medical schools in Europe where medical pharmacology is also only 3,5 months- so the same problems are here. I would have loved to see in your study something about the exams, because it is always a question if the material that was thought in a classroom is also asked in the exam. So many students use teachers' powerpoints to learn because that is the material that is most probably asked in the exam.
Also another topic is the quality of the ppt- in your study you stated that they were very well done, but that is not always the case - so sometimes it is again easier to read a textbook. So all in all quite interesting study but not very surprising results.