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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 176-186

Training during practical pharmacology sessions for undergraduate medical students: An experience with a modified teaching programme

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V H Bhavsar

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The need for a change in the training of undergraduate medical students during the practical sessions in the subject of Pharmacology is felt for a long time. In this article the present situation is reviewed and some introspection is done to consider the appropriate changes. A programme has been structured in view of some important key points like concept, application, rationale & essential drugs. Back ground information about therapeutics and drug-formulations is provided in the form of Handy-Informative-Script. The programme is named as Handy-Informative-Script aided CARE based Programme. It is conducted under four heads: (i) Clinical pharmacy & therapeutics: During these sessions patient-based-therapeutic problems are posed. The students are expected to work on the given exercises with the help of the Handy-Informative Script and to actively participate in discussions meant to defend their therapeutic strategies. (ii) Critical study of a given prescription: Students learn to critically analyse the given prescription. (iii) Pharmaco metrics: In these sessions the students are exposed to experimental pharmacology with a view to improve the understanding of the actions of drugs. (iv) Clinical case presentation by the individual student: In these sessions the students are exposed to the factual realities of drug-use in patients. Feasibility of the training and evaluation based on the entire training programme has been established.


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