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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

The attitudes and perceptions of medical students towards basic science subjects during their clinical years: A cross-sectional survey


1 Department of Biochemistry, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Ram Nagar, Patiala, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Ram Nagar, Patiala, Punjab, India

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Shalini Gupta
Department of Biochemistry, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Ram Nagar, Patiala - 140 601, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.125675

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Introduction: In the conventional system of medical education, basic subjects are taught in the 1 st year with least interdisciplinary interaction. The objective of this study was to explore the students' perception about content, need and application of basic science subjects during the clinical years of their medical education. Materials and Methods: A total of 300 questionnaires were distributed among students randomly after taking their written consent for participation in the study. About 265 completely filled questionnaires were received back and the response was analyzed. Results: Students identified anatomy as the subject with overloaded syllabus (75.4%) and also with maximum clinical application with 50.1% of them considering it the most important basic subject. Students were satisfied with the practical integration of subjects to impart clinical skills, but considered problem based learning a better method of teaching. According to 37%, 43.8% and 33.2% of respondents respectively; anatomy, biochemistry and physiology curriculum should only cover the general concepts to give the working knowledge of the subject. Approximately, 65% of the respondents were able to recall the knowledge of anatomy and physiology while biochemistry was retained by 40%. Conclusions: Overall, the attitudes of students toward basic science subjects were positive. The learning experience for them can be improved significantly by better clinical integration of the subjects.


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