JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE

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2018 Month : August Volume : 5 Issue : 32 Page : 2384-2388

WHATSAPP AS A SENSITIZER IN MEDICAL EDUCATION

Ashwini Vishweshwar Amalladinna1, Dinanath Keshavbhatt Pujari2, Umme Kulsum3

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Dinanath Pujari,
Department of Anatomy,
ESIC Medical College,
Kalaburagi, Karnataka.
E-mail: drdinanath1971@gmail.com
DOI: 10.18410/jebmh/2018/492

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND
Instant messaging system in social media facilitates communication. Most of the medical students after entering this professional course are not serious about the study and analysis of the medical subjects resulting in the less score in exams. Considering the difficulties of the students, the present study was conducted to sensitize the students and evaluate the effectiveness of WhatsApp medium in learning.

MATERIALS AND METHODS
This is an interventional study conducted in sixty-one 1st MBBS students who have scored less than thirty five percent marks in 1st internal assessment in Physiology. Both boys and girls were included in the study. The WhatsApp group by name “Study Group” was created. The question bank was prepared by peer review. All the students were sensitized by conducting the regular question answer session on important topics. The participation of every student was observed by the record keeper. The effectiveness was observed by comparing the score in second and third internal assessment with first internal assessment examinations.

RESULTS
There was the active participation of all the students. There was statistically very highly significant difference of mean score of 1st, 2nd and 3rd internal assessment marks (P<0.001). The effectiveness of WhatsApp was observed equally in both male and female students. There was a significant improvement of marks scored in the 2nd and 3rd internal assessment as compared to 1st internal assessment.

CONCLUSION
The constant availability of facilitator and learning anytime anywhere has made WhatsApp a new and convenient tool for sensitizing the 1st MBBS students in teaching and learning activity.

KEYWORDS
WhatsApp, Sensitization, Teaching-Learning Tool.