The current generation of doctors have become very much dependant on radiology for making a diagnosis.Therefore it is imperative that the medical student learns radiology at the undergraduate level itself. In order to encourage and motivate students in learning radiology I have devised an innovative and unique method in teaching the subject of radiology.The main objective of this method is to introduce radiology to medical students in their formative years itself.The teaching method starts with the chest x-ray module,later it could be extended to other x-rays and other modalities like utrasonography etc. In the first pilot study 28 medical students in their IX semester during their routine radiology posting were included in this study. The study was divided into two modules-Module-I-CHEST X-RAY EXCLUDING THE HEART; Module-II-CHEST X-RAY FOR STUDY OF THE HEART.Each module lasted 6 days with a post-survey done at the end. Initially the students were given lecture-demonstration of chest x-ray. At the end of the lecture â€“demonstration students were asked to answer a questionnaire based on the topic of the day. There were ten one- word answer questions specific for each day. The students were taken around for a mini-exhibition of chest x-rays in the same venue. On the last day there was interactive session in which correct answers were given,discussion on what mistakes the student had made;any doubts were cleared. .On the last day students were also asked to identify structures marked in normal chest x-rays Overall the results were encouraging.The students felt that more time should be devoted to radiology and that the study should be extended to other x-rays and other radiological modalities.In the post-test survey 66% and 52% from module-1 and module-2 respectively wrote positive comments encouraging more such studies.Radiology can be integrated into medical curriculum in a phased manner so that medical student can easily accept it.
Balachandran Gopalaratnam, University of Pondicherry, India
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
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