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Perception of Simulation‑based Learning among Medical Students in South India

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Joseph N*, Nelliyanil M, Jindal S, Utkarsha, Abraham AE, Alok Y, Srivastava N and Lankeshwar S

Background: Traditional methods of educating medical students are no longer sufficient in the current era largely influenced by multimedia. SimulationâÂ??Â??based techniques may play a pivotal role in bridging this educational gap. Aim: This study was conducted to explore the perception of medical students towards simulationâÂ??Â??based learning (SBL). Subjects and Methods: This crossâÂ??Â??sectional study was conducted in May 2013 in a private medical college in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. A total of 247 participants from fourth, sixth, eighth semester and internship were chosen by convenience sampling method. Attitudinal data on perception towards SBL were collected using a selfâÂ??Â??administered questionnaire with responses in a 5âÂ??Â??point Likert’s scale. Results: The mean age of students was 21.3 (standard deviation 1.9) years, and males constituted 55.5% (137/247). Most participants 72.5% (179/247) had favorable perceptions of SBL, with scores of92–118 out of a possible 118 points. Favorable perception towards SBL was seen significantly more among female students (P = 0.04) and senior MBBS students of sixth and eighth semesters (P = 0.05). Nearly, all students (90.7%; 224/247) agreed that simulation supports the development of clinical skills. As many as 29.6% (73/247) agreed that real patients might be replaced with simulated patients in practical examinations. Conclusion: SBL was perceived as favorable by a large number of participants in this study indicating a bright prospect for its implementation in the medical curriculum.


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