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A survey validation and analysis of undergraduate medical biochemistry practical curriculum in maharashtra, India.
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PMID:  23277713     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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In order to review the strengths and weaknesses of medical biochemistry practical curriculum for undergraduates and to generate ideas to improve it, a questionnaire was sent to 50 biochemistry faculty members selected (through simple random sampling method) from 42 medical colleges of Maharashtra, India. 39 responded to the questionnaire, representing a 78% response rate. The internal consistency of the questionnaire sections was found to be satisfactory (>0.7). The respondents did not agree that the ongoing curriculum was in alignment with learning outcomes (8%), that it encouraged active learning (28%), helped to apply knowledge to clinical situations (18%) and promoted critical thinking and problem solving skills (28%). There were a number of qualitative experiments that were rated 'irrelevant'. Qualitative and quantitative experiments related to recent advances were suggested to be introduced by the respondents. Checklists for the practicals and new curriculum objectives provided in the questionnaire were also approved. The results of the curriculum evaluation suggest a need for re-structuring of practical biochemistry curriculum and introduction of a modified curriculum with more clinical relevance.
Authors:
Sucheta P Dandekar; Shalini N Maksane; Danette McKinley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of clinical biochemistry : IJCB     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0970-1915     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Clin Biochem     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-01     Completed Date:  2013-01-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708303     Medline TA:  Indian J Clin Biochem     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-60     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Biochemistry, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra India.
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