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Undergraduate Dermatology Curriculum: Perspectives of General Practitioners from Western India

Authors:

S. H. Thakkar,

GMERS Medical College, Gotri, Vadodara, IN
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Department of Skin & VD
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P. D. Chavda ,

GMERS Medical College, Gotri, Vadodara, IN
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Department of Community Medicine
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K. G. Mehta,

GMERS Medical College, Gotri, Vadodara, IN
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Department of Community Medicine

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K. Shringarpure

Medical College, Vadodara, IN
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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
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Abstract

Introduction: Curriculum revision starts with gathering perspectives of different stakeholders including practicing doctors. It is important to take especially General Practitioners’ (GPs) perspective while revising dermatology curriculum.

 

Methods: This cross-sectional needs assessment study was done among 61 purposively selected allopathic GPs working in rural and urban areas of a district located in western India. We used a validated semi-structured self-administered questionnaire. Quantitative findings are presented using proportions and narrative responses were analyzed by qualitative content analysis.

 

Results: The GPs recommended using a combination of theory lectures and clinical postings for dermatology teaching. 36 (59%) participants suggested multiple clinical postings, 52 (85%) recommended a four to eight weeks clinical posting and all suggested to make the internship posting mandatory in dermatology. They recommended outdoor patient exposure (93%), case demonstration (56%), and case presentation (51%) as educational methods. 43 (70%) and 32 (52%) participants recommended Image Based Assessment and spot cases respectively as preferred method of assessment. 40 (66%) practitioners suggested 10-20% weight-age of dermatology in summative assessment. They recommended that the syllabus should give more weight-age to the common dermatological problems and cutaneous adverse drug reactions.

 

Discussion: The practitioners suggested that the duration of the dermatology teaching should be increased looking at the quantum of the skin patients in general practitioner’s outdoor patient department (OPD). They suggested an adequately long duration for posting in which a complete follow up care can be demonstrated to students on same patient. They recommended use of visual tools for teaching and assessment in dermatology.
How to Cite: Thakkar, S.H., Chavda, P.D., Mehta, K.G. and Shringarpure, K., 2020. Undergraduate Dermatology Curriculum: Perspectives of General Practitioners from Western India. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 14(2), pp.38–47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v14i2.274
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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