Author: Zhong Q and Mohanram A Publication Year: 2015
Summary: The purpose of this study is to assess which resources help students better to learn Medical Pharmacology in a Caribbean Medical School.
Description: 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.

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