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Introduction of spatial technology for surveillance of vectors of mosquito-borne diseases as an innovative training tool for undergraduate medical students: Qualitative assessment

 Department Of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Kavita N Thakur,
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_975_21

Introduction: Innovative teaching has been the topic of research with variable learning outcomes. This study was done with an objective to assess the undergraduate medical students' perception about the effect of introducing spatial technology training for surveillance of vectors of dengue and other mosquito borne diseases. Methods: Undergraduate medical students were invited to participate in the training program on Mosquito borne diseases. A total of 80 students participated in the program. After the training, they were divided into two groups to conduct mosquito larval survey using conventional method and GIS technology. Qualitative feedback was collected about their experience in writing from participants using open-ended questions. The feedbacks were analyzed using thematic analysis and participants' observation, NVivo 12 software. Results: Non-response rate was 20-30% in conventional group compared to GIS group. About 44% (n=63) of the participants found the training content to be educational, interesting and informative , 53.4% (n=58) of the participants said the field activity experience was interesting, 72.3%(n=58) found the overall training program to be amazing, engaging in addition to being informative and educational hands on learning experience. Field activity was liked by 50.8% (n=57) participants while 36.8% liked presentation and field activity both. NVivo 12 was used to build a word cloud and the concept diagram. Conclusion: The findings suggest that introduction of new technology acted as an engaging factor and increased the interest in the topic. Participants were more willing to get hands-on experience of GIS. Innovative teaching with hands-on experience of the topics could be an effective way of teaching in medical education.

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