Type of Article: Original Research

Volume 4; Issue 5: 2017

Page No.: 493-496

DOI: 10.16965/ijims.2017.108

 

EFFECTIVENESS OF LEARNING THE DIGITALIZED HISTOLOGY IMAGES IN PRACTICAL TEACHING FOR I YEAR MBBS STUDENTS

Vidya CS *1, Vidya G Doddawad 2.

*1 Associate Professor , Department of Anatomy , JSS Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India.

2 Reader, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, JSS Dental College and Hospital, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysuru, Karnataka, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr Vidya CS, Associate Professor , Department of Anatomy , JSS Medical College, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University, Mysuru-15, Karnataka, India. E-Mail: vidyasatish78@rediffmail.com

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Histology course for I MBBS students includes more than sixty two histological sections which need to be taught in limited time allotted for histology laboratory. Learning to recognize and appreciate the histological features remain a difficult and time-consuming task for many.To improve the identification skills of the students, hence we introduced a module containing digital histology slides.

Aim: To develop and introduce a self-instructional digitalized histology images through computer-aided approach to guide the students learning in the first-year histology course of MBBS students and compare them with the traditional method of learning

Materials and Methods: High quality histology glass slides were converted into digital histology images using research microscope with software under 100X and 400 X magnifications. The final digitalized images were implemented into e – module and digital histology slides were distributed among students (N=140). To evaluate  this new technique group consisted of 140 first-year students who were taught the histology slides via digitalized images. To assess the knowledge and the learning outcome from digitalized learning method a question based survey was conducted.

Results: Overall, students responses to the questionnaire were positive with an overall mean level of agreement for all eight responses of 4.5 out of 5 (90 percent). The usage of microscope, resolution and quality of the images, magnification and clarity of the image is superior in digital histology images than the traditional/conventional microscope

Conclusion: Computer aided learning and digital images provide the opportunity for students to view them at their convenient time, better learning and interpret the same during practical sessions and examination. Hence, the traditional/ conventional microscope should replace the virtual microscope in all medical schools at the earliest.

Key words: Digital histology/pathology slides, e-learning, Medical education, Research microscope, traditional/conventional microscope.

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