| RESEARCH ARTICLE
|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 37-40
Role of concept map in teaching general awareness and pharmacotherapy of HIV/AIDS among second professional medical students
Suman Bala, DC Dhasmana, Juhi Kalra, Saurabh Kohli, Taruna Sharma
Department of Pharmacology, HIMS, SRHU, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Objective: Medical students as future doctors will play an important role in caring for HIV-infected patients. This study assessed and evaluated the existing level of knowledge of MBBS students about HIV/AIDS given through lecture delivery methods and by use of concept map (CM).
Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on 150 professional MBBS students of tertiary care hospital. A pretest was conducted by giving 10 multiple choice questions (MCQ) of general awareness and 15 questions regarding pharmacotherapy of HIV/AIDS. In between pre- and post-test, a session of 1-week integrated teaching module was organized. After completion of integrated teaching, 2 h session of CM on general awareness and pharmacotherapy of HIV/AIDS was taken. A posttest was conducted using MCQs and problem-based question (PBQ) to assess the effect of integrated teaching and CM on their knowledge about HIV/AIDS. Feedback was also taken from the students to regarding their views about CM.
Results: There was a significant increase in student’s score in MCQ test after integrated teaching than pretest (P < 0.05). There was also significant improvement in PBQ score after CM than that of after integrated teaching (P < 0.05). Students’ perception about the effectiveness of CM was positive.
Conclusion: CM can make a significant improvement in the knowledge of medical students and were motivated and developed interest in the subject.
Concept maps can be useful tool as add on to lectures and to summarise the topic in an effective way. Concept mapping can make a significant improvement in the knowledge of medical students. The learners get motivated and develop interest in the subject.
Department of Pharmacology, HIMS, SRHU, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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