DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20212224

Undergraduate teaching in COVID-19 pandemic: an experience at tertiary care centre

A. Bhagyalakshmi, Prasad Uma

Abstract


Background: COVID-19 outbreak has taught us to opt for technologies, which have not been used before. There is lot of information available on the internet for learning, but undergraduate students of medicine need continuous guidance. The best platform would be live online teaching which includes student centred learning and observing appropriate COVID-19 social distancing. Aims and objectives of the study was to highlight various positive and negative impacts of COVID-19 on medical education.

Methods: The students included in the study are from second MBBS with total number of 200. Time table was planned and everyday two live lectures across their subjects of study were taken. The classes were carried out using the Cisco Webex software. The students were able to ask questions and cleared doubts during and at the end of each class. The feedback of the session was collected by structured format and observations recorded.

Results: In the present study the advantages of online classes based on student observations were: learning at ease, flexible environment, no delay in classes, and no peer distraction. In the present study the disadvantages were: eyes are getting strained, network issues, concentrate for long time, disturbances at home and no practical knowledge. In the present study, improvements and suggestions offered were to provide recorded videos or power point presentation, case based discussions, assignments and revision classes to be increased.

Conclusions: The present study had several limitations. The study was conducted during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic at a Government Institute where most students belong to middle class. Despite these limitations, we believe the study provides relevant insights into the challenges facing online medical education in a time of healthcare crisis.


Keywords


COVID-19 pandemic, Online medical teaching, Positive impact

Full Text:

PDF

References


Kumar JP. Impact of Pandemic COVID-19 on Education in India. Int J Curr Res. 2020;12(7):12582-6.

Bhargava S. Online Classes for Medical Students During COVID-19 Pandemic: Through the Eyes of the Teaching Faculty. J Res Med Dent Sci. 2020;8(4):189-92.

O’Doherty D, Dromey M, Lougheed J. Barriers and solutions to online learning in medical education: An integrative review. BMC Med Educ. 2018;18:130.

Chatterjee S. The COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of a medical student in India. Int J Med Stud. 2020;8:82-3.

Mahajan R, Gupta P, Singh T. Massive open online courses: Concept and implications. Indian Pediatr. 2019;56:489-95.

Ruiz JG, Mintzer MJ, Leipzig RM. The impact of E-learning in medical education. Acad Med. 2006;81:207-12.

Hixon E, Buckenmeyer J, Barczyk C, Feldman L, Zamojski H .Beyond the early adopters of online instruction: motivating the reluctant majority. Internet High Educ. 2012;15:102-7.

Edginton A, Holbrook J. A blended learning approach to teaching basic pharmacokinetics and the significance of face-to-face interaction. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74:88.

Quinn C, Arcos ADL, Raquel BM. Virtual learning environments (VLEs) for distance language learning: shifting tutor roles in a contested space for interaction. Computer Assisted Language Learning. 2012;25(2):129.

Rajab MH, Abdalla M Gazal AM, Khaled Alkattan. Challenges to Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cureus. 2020;12(7):8966.

Mukhtar K, Javed K, Arooj M, Sethi A. Advantages, Limitations and Recommendations for online learning during COVID-19 pandemic Era. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(4):27-31.