A comparative study of interactive and conventional teaching methods in pharmacology for better clinical application


  • Veena Rani Vemuri Department of Pharmacology, Terna Medical College, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Sangita Sukumaran Department of Pharmacology, Terna Medical College, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India




Interactive lectures, Large group teaching, Clinical reasoning


Background: Pharmacology forms the basis of practice of medicine yet most students perceive it as a difficult subject. It is necessary that a student gains knowledge and retains the gained knowledge for better application in the future. But the method employed now is more passive with less emphasis on clinical application.

Methods: The study population was the second year MBBS students of Terna Medical College, Navi Mumbai. The students were randomly divided into two groups; a didactic and an interactive lecture session were conducted on two days. A pre validated questionnaire, pre-test and post-test were employed in the study. The data of pre and post-test were analysed using paired t-test and descriptive analysis for the questionnaire.

Results: The difference in short term learning outcomes between both the didactic and interactive lecture sessions was not statistically significant (p=0.53). The students showed a positive reaction to interactive sessions. 70 (95.89%) agreed that interactive sessions has increased their understanding of the topic better. 70 (95.89%) students responded that interactive teaching has increased their ability to apply knowledge therapeutically.

Conclusions: In the present study it was observed that though there was not much statistically significant improvement in the immediate understanding, the perception of students towards interactive teaching methods is good.


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How to Cite

Vemuri, V. R., & Sukumaran, S. (2019). A comparative study of interactive and conventional teaching methods in pharmacology for better clinical application. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 8(10), 2309–2312. https://doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20194277



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