Journal Article
. 2018 Jul; :.
doi: 10.1111/pin.12706.

Evaluation of multidisciplinary strategies and traditional approaches in teaching pathology in medical students

Vinod Gopalan 1 Kais Kasem 1 Suja Pillai 1 David Olveda 1 Armin Ariana 1 Melissa Leung 1 Alfred K Y Lam 1 
  • PMID: 30043440
  •     3 citations


This study aims to evaluate the impact on the implementation of multiple strategies to improve medical student's pathology learning experience. In two consecutive years, medical students after a whole year of enrolling in pathology teaching, were invited to complete questionnaires rating and commenting on the personal learning experience of multiple teaching resources delivered in pathology. In both years, the overall score was high (mean score = 4.57 ± 0.63 /5) for the newly introduced sessions, namely histology lectures, clinical integrations and virtual microscopy pre-practical sessions. However, this was only marginally different from that of traditional practical (mean = 4.37 ± 0.68/5) and pathology lecture sessions (mean = 4.42 ± 0.61 /5). In addition, 53% positive correlation was noted for the overall responses between virtual microscopy guided pathology modules and practical sessions indicating the benefit of virtual microscopy in better preparing students for these sessions (P < 0.001). Qualitative comments suggested that the virtual microscopy sessions along with clinical scenario based learning were extremely useful for students' learning in pathology. To conclude, a multidisciplinary approach by clinical integration and flexibility in the mode of delivery by the use of virtual microscopy has the potential to better engage students to the learning of pathology.

Keywords: digital; education; pathology; teaching; virtual microscopy.

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