Bhavita Patel1, Geetanjali Purohit2, Niraj Pandit3
INTRODUCTION: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as the „conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence???. It is an important tool for lifelong learning in medicine, and medical students can develop the skills necessary to understand and use EBM. The teaching of EBM in Sumandeep Vidyapeeth is as part of Evidence Based Education System (EBES). The university has implemented the 16 hours of teaching with project work on Evidence Based Medicine in 1st MBBS and 2nd MBBS curriculum in addition to MBBS syllabus.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES: This study was planned to take feedback from all the faculties those who are involved in Evidence based Medicine teaching to evaluate their attitude and perception towards this innovative teaching method and to recommend improvements.
MATERIAL & METHODS: A Descriptive, self-structured, pilot pretested questionnaire based cross sectional study was conducted in the year 2013-2014 among 40 faculties from 7 Departments like Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology and Forensic Medicine teaching Evidence Based Medicine to students at S.B.K.S MI & RC, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth. Data was expressed as percentage
RESULTS: The response rate for the study was 75%. Almost 87% of faculties agreed that teaching EBM is a welcoming development during pre and para clinical years. About 80% faculties agreed that it will help them in future clinical learning. 87% faculties agreed that literature and research searching improves their day to day teaching. About 77% of faculties have attended workshop and training held in University and 83% of faculties agreed that they are interested in more learning and improving skills necessary to incorporate Evidence based medicine into their discipline. Barriers included shortage of time and need for training in teaching EBM.
CONCLUSION: Faculties of this University teaching Pre-clinical and Para-clinical medical students recognized EBM as an important component of undergraduate education. Majority have positive attitude towards teaching EBM to undergraduates and agreed that it will help them in future clinical learning although they need more training to improve their ability to teach EBM.