Students’ Perception towards the Usefulness and Satisfaction of Practical Biochemistry Skills in a Public University versus Private University in Khartoum, Sudan (2019)
Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies,
Practical biochemistry skills (PBS) teaching sessions employ experiential learning techniques to promote medical students’ understanding and recall of essential concepts and basic clinical tests. Biochemistry Practical skill sessions constitute about 45% of the contact teaching hours and between 10% - 20% of the final assessment grades, in addition the students are unacquainted about the method of assessment used. This cross sectional institutional based study aimed to assess medical students’ perception towards the practical biochemistry skills (PBS). Medical students in one public (Al-Neelain) and one private (Al-Moughtarbeen) universities, in Khartoum State were involved. After ethical approval, the questionnaire was approved after using it in a pilot study. Data collected by a questionnaire were analyzed using (SPSS version 22).Private university students have more satisfaction (58% versus 18%, p<0.001), more positive perception with PBS (49.5% versus 15.1%, p<0.001) and are more convinced that it helps to retain knowledge (68.3% versus 12.9%, p<0.001). They are more satisfied with laboratory environment (p<0.001), PBS relation to theory (p<0.001) and more aware of PBS assessment and scores allocation (p≤0.002).Medical student satisfaction and engagement with Practical biochemistry skills is likely to be driven by the students’ awareness of the relevance of these sessions to other aspects of the curriculum, to their end-of-year assessment, and to their future clinical practice rather than the laboratory environment. In conclusion, we recommend updating Practical biochemistry skills contents and assessment methods and raising students’ awareness of its importance.
- practical skills
- teaching and assessment
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