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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 152-155

Perception of clinical year medical students on teaching and learning of pharmacology in a second-generation university in Northern Nigeria

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Dr. Muhammad Tukur Umar
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo Sokoto, PMB, 2346 Sokoto
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njbcs.njbcs_22_18

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Objective: There is a global dearth of clinical pharmacologists despite the critical role clinical pharmacology plays in health-care delivery, not only in developing economies like Nigeria but worldwide. There is also a growing negative attitude among undergraduate medical students towards pharmacology. In a bid to control this trend, there is a need to assess the attitude and feedback of medical students in teaching and learning of pharmacology. This will provide a platform from which appropriate intervention can be effected. Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional descriptive study using semi-structured self-administered questionnaires. A total of 167, 500 and 600 levels medical students participated in the study selected by multistage sampling technique. The questionnaire was designed based on a 4-point Likert scale, containing three sections. The data generated were analyzed using SPSS statistics version 20. Results: Majority of the respondents were males within age brackets of 18–25 years. Only 22.6% (odds, 0.29; 95% CI, 0.20–0.42) agreed to consider taking pharmacology as a specialty at postgraduate training; none was strongly inclined. Majority (98.7%, odds, 76.5; 95% CI, 20.8–281) of the participants agreed that pharmacology is important, exciting, and indispensable in clinical practice. About 72.9 of the students (odds, 2.69; 95% CI, 1.89–3.83) admitted that pharmacology was difficult and volatile. Slightly over 70% favored audiovisual-aided lecture during class session. Conclusion: Despite demonstrated interest in pharmacology, there was general negative attitude toward it among the respondents.

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