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Educ Health (Abingdon). 2015 Jan-Apr;28(1):83-6. doi: 10.4103/1357-6283.161922.

Let's 'play' with molecular pharmacology.

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Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Understanding concepts of molecular mechanisms of drug action involves sequential visualization of physiological processes and drug effects, a task that can be difficult at an undergraduate level. Role-play is a teaching-learning methodology whereby active participation of students as well as clear visualization of the phenomenon is used to convey complex physiological concepts. However, its use in teaching drug action, a process that demands understanding of a second level of complexity over the physiological process, has not been investigated. We hypothesized that role-play can be an effective and well accepted method for teaching molecular pharmacology.

METHODS:

In an observational study, students were guided to perform a role-play on a selected topic involving drug activity. Students' gain in knowledge was assessed comparing validated pre- and post-test questionnaires as well as class average normalized gain. The acceptance of role-play among undergraduate medical students was evaluated by Likert scale analysis and thematic analysis of their open-ended written responses.

RESULTS:

Significant improvement in knowledge (P < 0.001) was noted in the pre- to post-test knowledge scores, while a high gain in class average normalized score was evident. In Likert scale analysis, most students (93%) expressed that role-play was an acceptable way of teaching. In a thematic analysis, themes of both strengths and weaknesses of the session emerged.

DISCUSSION:

Role-play can be effectively utilized while teaching selected topics of molecular pharmacology in undergraduate medical curricula.

PMID:
26261121
DOI:
10.4103/1357-6283.161922
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