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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Challenges in learning Anatomy by first MBBS students of 2016-17 batch its difficulties and assessment methods preferred by them - a feedback study

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Author Details: Sudakshina Chakrabarti, Gunapriya Raghunath, Vijayalakshmi

Volume : 5

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 416

Article End Page : 421


Introduction: The first year MBBS students as they walk into the medical colleges face multiple challenges in the first few months of their course. The subject of medical Anatomy and its subdivisions forms a vast portion of their overall curriculum in first year MBBS with maximum teaching hours. Students face disinterest, lack of understanding, inability to recall and are many a times unable to cope up with the demand of this subject. This study was undertaken to address the problems of students of 1st MBBS in learning Anatomy, methods to rectify these problems and assessment methods and interval as preferred by students.
Objectives: 1. To detect the problems faced by students of 1st MBBS in learning Anatomy and view of students to proposed methods of rectification; 2. To analyze the students view regarding assessment methods and interval in Anatomy.
Materials and Methods: Study was conducted on 150 MBBS students on completion of 1st MBBS exams by means of structured questionnaire distributed to them. Students were exposed to regular teaching methods in department of Anatomy and feedback of students regarding problems faced in learning Anatomy and their views regarding proposed rectification methods were obtained. The feedback of students on assessment methods and interval was also obtained. The results were analyzed.

Results: Students faced problems in learning histology and this was because they were unable to identify slides. They also faced problems in understanding embryology. The assessment methods preferred by them was written test for theory in form of short answer questions [43%] and monthly assessment [55%] To rectify their problems, they felt more active learning methods like quiz, students seminars, and more frequent revisions to be integrated in the curriculum of Anatomy. Statistical analysis of both questionnaire was done using SSPS software and p value was < 0> Conclusion: This study thus evaluates the student’s opinion regarding Anatomy and its subdivisions. Thus, it calls for a better planning of the curriculum, assessment techniques, revision schedule, etc. to bring about a more effective and apprehensive teaching and learning of Anatomy. This study thus concludes that an integration of newer technologies with traditional methods of teaching Anatomy and active teaching would be beneficial for the students.

Keywords: Feedback, Problems, Assesment, Students, Anatomy.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/2394-2126.2018.0097