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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 400-406

Perception of postgraduate students in pharmacology toward animal simulation model

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Shirish S Joshi
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai . 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijp.IJP_297_18

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to evaluate the perception of postgraduate pharmacology students toward computer-simulated method (CSM) in comparison to the prevalent isolated live tissue-based bioassay method. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in 30 postgraduate pharmacology students who had used the animal simulation software and had completed at least five isolated tissue experiments. Students' opinions on the usage, logistics, advantages, disadvantages, and usefulness of CSM compared to live animal experiments (LAE) were analyzed. RESULTS: Four tissues were used for LAE, whereas with CSM, students could perform experiments using 11 different tissues. Of the total nine bioassay methods, students had performed six assay methods using both LAE and CSM. Majority of the students (23/30) agreed that CSM reduces anxiety, technical errors and is less time consuming when used before LAE. Most of the students agreed that CSM can be used for difficult, lengthy experiments (19/30), and for UG/PG teaching (19/30). However, opinions regarding replacing LAE with CSM in PG teaching were divided (agree: 7, neutral: 12, and disagree: 12). CONCLUSION: CSM should be integrated alongside LAE to complement, reinforce, and enhance learning from other techniques.


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