Sukesh Kumar Kathpalia*
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr D Y Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India
*Corresponding Author: Sukesh Kumar Kathpalia, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr D Y Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India.
Received: March 24, 2021; Published: April 12, 2021
Introduction: World Health Organisation declared Covid 19 as pandemic on 30 January 2020 and thereafter the whole world has been affected. The disease and the fear of contacting disease scared everyone equally irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender or financial and social status. Since the transmission of virus is high; most countries imposed rigorous public health measures including complete closure of schools and educational facilities. Medical institutes too were closed. The only option left was online teaching.
Smart phones were used in our project for teaching/learning.
Materials and Methods: This study project was undertaken at Dr DY Patil Medical College Pune under Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth. Two WhatsApp groups of 258 students were formed. Everyday some questions with one word or one sentence answers were posted on the groups and answers provided the next day. Students were keen to discuss instruments, specimen, drugs and clinical cases which were included subsequently. Theory answers and viva practice also was done on WhatsApp.
Observation and Results: The project was conducted for online teaching and revision for the final semester students for duration of seven months. Approximately 700 questions with one word or one line answer, 16 short answer questions and 6 long answers questions were discussed including questions on specimens, instruments, drugs and clinical cases too were included for the purpose of revision and practice. Feedback by students was very good and encouraging.
Discussion: The COVID‐19 pandemic has forced drastic and sudden changes in almost all sectors including medical education. The use of the smart phones worked very well during these times and students suggested that this should continue later also. Online teaching is a good alternative and can compliment the class room teaching.
Keywords: Online Teaching; Medical Education; Lockdown; WhatsApp
Citation: Sukesh Kumar Kathpalia. “Online Undergraduate Teaching (Obstetrics and Gynecology) During Corona Times Sharing Our Experience”. Acta Scientific Women's Health 3.5 (2021): 32-38.
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