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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 258-261

Challenges faced by 1st phase MBBS students during online teaching of competency-based medical education curriculum – COVID times

Department of Community Medicine, Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

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S Cynthia Subhaprada
Department of Community Medicine, Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_3_22

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BACKGROUND: Competency-based medical education (CBME) is a learner-centered, outcome-based approach which motivates self-learning. Currently, the world is experiencing COVID-19 pandemic which led to shutdown of colleges, and hence, online teaching has become a key component in the continuity of medical education. The main aim of the study is to analyze the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on online teaching among 1st-year MBBS students and to assess the challenges faced during this time. METHODS: After obtaining institutional ethics committee clearance, a mixed-method study design was used to collect data from 100 respondents among 1st-year MBBS students of Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, during the month of September 2020. A prevalidated, semi-structured questionnaire was sent to the participants through Google Forms. The quantitative analysis was done through survey questions on a five-point Likert scale. RESULTS: The reported challenges to online medical education during COVID-19 pandemic were lack of in-person communication (57%), technical issues while attending online classes (49%), difficulty in time management (50%), confusion in understanding course expectations/competencies (44%), and more focused on theory than practicals (59%). Some of them stated that “having online classes is really helpful than not having any classes at all.” CONCLUSIONS: Hence, we conclude that though challenges mentioned above were faced during online teaching of CBME curriculum, effective leadership and student teamwork would be helpful in successful online teaching.

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