The perceptions and preferences of medical students regarding large group teaching in Sri Venkateswara medical college, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

M Ramadevi, C Jaya Bhaskar


Lecture is an important mode of sharing and providing knowledge to a large group of students in a specified time and place. Medical curriculum is changing from time to time and evaluation of curriculum is a routine process by the experts. However the opinion of students is important because they are at the recipient end. Changes in the curriculum can be adopted by considering their opinion.

Objectives: To study the perceptions and preferences of the medical students about large group teaching.

Methodology: A cross sectional descriptive study is taken among 459 medical students of Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati,

A. P. after informed consent. A validated questionnaire is administered to the students. Answered questionnaires are analyzed.

Results: 85% of the students participated; 91%, 81% and 80% of pre, para and clinical year students respectively. Most of the students are not satisfied with the present day teaching by using PPT. They prefer black board teaching and using of PPT whenever necessary with better audio visual aids and improved class room environment.

Conclusions: This survey identifies many defects in the essential component of medical curriculum i.e., teaching. Improving the skills of teaching in medical teachers and improving the facilities in the lecture halls, so that the students can learn in a better manner to become effective primary care physicians in the society.


Keywords: Large group teaching, Medical curriculum, Audio-visual aids, MCQ’s.

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