Journal of Medical Surgical and Allied Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 1 : 8-14. Doi : 10.37446/jmedsurg/rsa/1.1.2023.8-14
Research Article

OPEN ACCESS | Published on : 31-Dec-2023

Assessing perception of medical teachers on the implementation of elective module in an Indian medical college

  • Jitendra Patel
  • Associate Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, GMERS Medical College, Vadnagar, Gujarat, India.
  • Pratik Akhani
  • Associate Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, GMERS Medical College, Dharpur-Patan, Gujarat, India.

Abstract

Background: As per recent recommendations of the National Medical Commission (NMC) of India, our medical college introduced an elective module for the MBBS admission batch of 2019. Being the inaugural implementation of its kind within our institution and across the nation, our study was designed to gauge the faculty's perception of the elective module. A survey with a cross-sectional design was carried out among the faculty members supervising the implementation.

Methods: A pre-validated questionnaire, formulated by members of the Medical Education Unit (MEU) at our college, was utilized for data collection. The questionnaire was distributed to faculty members through online platforms such as WhatsApp groups and email, using a Google Form. The data analysis considered responses from a cohort of faculty members actively engaged in the elective module implementation.

Results: The faculty consensus indicated that the elective module’s objectives were effectively achieved. The faculty were praised for their supportive and accommodating demeanor, with active involvement in facilitating the electives. The majority of faculty members acknowledged the elective module as a valuable academic activity, citing an appropriate time duration that allowed for the demonstration of creativity and encouraged teamwork. Faculty members expressed apprehension regarding the process of students obtaining signatures in the logbooks.

Conclusion: The study's findings indicate a positive reception of the elective module among faculty. This positive perception underscores the value of electives as learning experiences, offering learners the opportunity to immerse themselves in a chosen career stream, discipline, or research project.

Keywords

elective module, medical faculty, perception, India

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