In medical education, traditionally, students have been taught through different techniques, which include blackboard, slides, field visits, etc. “With changes being made in the curriculum, using tech aids has became a priority to help students. The changes include use of animations, videos, etc,” says Dr PK Julka, dean (academic), All India Institute of Medical Sciences( AIIMS), Delhi.
He further adds, “The modules we are designing have become interesting with the use of animation and videos. For example, when we teach students about lung cancer through videos, animations, we teach them about the basic disease, how to deal with it and through videos, we teach them about chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time. Therefore, students get a 360 degree perspective.”
Julka feels students tend to grasp concepts better through audio-visual aids, and this new technique of teaching is across specialisations — orthopaedics, cadaver, surgery, radiotherapy, drug interactions, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, etc.
The traditional system of teaching in the country needs to be revisited and new techniques introduced not just at the graduate level, but also at the Masters level and above.
“Innovations are adopted inside and outside the classroom. Use of robotics in surgery, radiotherapy and many more areas are not only helping us do a better job but are also helping us improve the quality of surgeries and accuracy,” he concludes.