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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-66

Online course in geriatrics for final-year medical students

1 Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Eranakulam, Kerala, India
2 Independent Qualitative Consultant, Currently with Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation, USA and formerly with Institute for Public Health, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Geriatric Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Derlakatte, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Medicine, G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Alka Ganesh
Department of Medicine, G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiag.jiag_17_21

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Background: The new competency-based MBBS undergraduate curriculum articulates 24 competencies in geriatrics. Acknowledging the dearth of faculty in the country, a group of geriatricians developed and conducted an online modular course for final-year medical students. Methods: This 6-week online course included 13 modules and the study materials were developed through a two-stage vetting process. The course was advertised to potential students through social media and was delivered over Google classroom platform. Students' learning was assessed by multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and the course was evaluated with comparison of pretest and posttest, feedbacks from students with both structured and open-ended questionnaires. Results: Out of 200 eligible students from 38 medical colleges who applied, 142 students joined the course. Out of 142 students joined, 98 (69%) completed the course with 80% attendance; 91 (64.1%) secured scores above 50%; and 46 (32.4%) secured scores above 80% in MCQ test. Posttest scores were significantly higher than pretest scores (P < 0.001) with medium Cohen's effect size. Median scores of feedbacks on 20-point Likert scale for all modules were 15 or 16. Content analysis of qualitative feedback showed appreciation for the structure and content of the course, praise for the expertise and commitment of the faculty in delivering it effectively, scope for further improvement, and positive change in attitude toward discipline of geriatrics. Conclusions: This endeavor shows that short online course will be helpful for motivated medical students to expand their knowledge in geriatrics.

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