FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT’S KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS LEARNING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC COVID -19
Last year in December 2019 a new disease of corona virus, responsible for new cases of pneumonia was detected in Wuhan City of China. The outbreak of the disease has put an impact at all levels of education including professional institutes. It has left the institutes with no other option than to shift the entire curriculum to online formats which include online teaching along with self directed learning. So a study was planned to assess the knowledge and attitude of 100 first year MBBS students of Ameer ud din Medical College towards self directed learning about Corona virus disease pandemic.
This cross sectional study was done on 100 first year MBBS students of Ameer ud din Medical College in the first week of April. They were first given a questionnaire having thirteen questions about COVID-19 symptoms, spread, mode of transmission and prevention, and then after few days were given an assignment which had questions related to response of immune system towards SARS CoV2.
Out of 100 students80% of the students responded to questionnaire. Out of this 80%, 40 % of the students showed outstanding performance with 100% correct answers, and 40% of students had maximum of four wrong answers. Response rate of the assignments was 95%, with outstanding performance of A+, 5% and A grade by 41% students, 38 % had B and 11 % of the students got C grade.
Majority of the first year medical students had adequate knowledge about COVID -19 and challenge of self-directed learning even at this level can make them show outstanding performance.