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Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth ; 15(7):S24-S29, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2024847

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Background: Continuing Medical education during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been a great challenge to Medical educators, especially teaching clinical skills online. Aims: The study aims too study the efficacy of teaching ECG in online mode to first MBBS students in the Department of Physiology. Materials and Methods: There are 200 students in the first MBBS batch at Burdwan Medical College. Our method of teaching was flipped classroom-assisted self-directed learning. For teaching ECG to our students we had first arranged for presession MCQ to assess the initial level of knowledge. We had then provided the students with PowerPoint presentations with voice narrations for their self-study, following which the students were divided into batches of twenty and each batch had a team leader and a facilitator. These small batches were shown videos of instruments, methods of recording ECG, normal and abnormal ECG along with explanations in multiple sessions (10). Doubt clearing sessions were arranged for each batch and these sessions were brainstorming. The students were assessed with MCQs (10 marks each Session), oral questions, short answer type questions, spots, and problem-based questions. We also took a feedback survey from the students and provided the students with feedback regarding their performance. Results: MCQ assessments of students in Pre and Posttest session on ECG teaching classes were 50.39 ± 19.41 vs. 65.25 ± 9.14;P ≤ 0.001FNx08. Students performed significantly better in MCQ assessments of students on Normal parameters of ECG assessment as compared to Abnormal ECG parameters: 67.25 ± 10.98 vs. 63.157 ± 7.399;P = 0.000424FNx08. Results of Written Examination and Viva Examination of students in ECG classes were 64.844 ± 9.923 vs. 71.89 ± 10.49;P ≤ 0.001FNx08. Conclusions: The online method of teaching ECG was a success in the institution as observed in this study as observed in the assessment. Students performed better in viva in online exam for ECG and students were satisfied with online delivery. © Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 2022.

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Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth ; 15(4):555-560, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1954414

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the progress of medical education. As the crisis continues, it is important to develop valid and reliable methods of assessment. Aims: To assess the impact of the competency-based medical education (CBME) implemented online in the department of physiology during this pandemic on the results of internal assessments conducted online. Materials and Methods: This pilot study was conducted on two hundred First-year MBBS students at Burdwan Medical College after taking Institutional clearance in 6 months. Two internal assessments had to be conducted online in 6 months. We divided our internal assessment sessions which were conducted at three monthly intervals into 4 compartments: multiple-choice questions, short answer type questions, orals, and spots. We conducted two surveys to assess the stress levels of the students and two feedback surveys to assess our teaching program. Statistical analysis: T-test and Chi-square test was used to analyze the data. Results: Assessments scores of students in the first session were 59.68 ± 10.91;assessment scores of students in the second session were 73.21 ± 8.66;P < 0.001 ∗∗ (highly significant). Perceived stress score (PSS) in the first survey was 21.36 ± 3.84 and PSS in the second survey was 20.77 ± 4.13;P = 0.144. Thirty students failed in the first session while 1 in the second session, χ 2 = 32.1;P < 0.0001∗∗. At the end of 3 months, 11.4% had difficulty in studying physiology, while at the end of 6 months, 8.5% had difficulty in studying physiology with online support. Conclusions: The first MBBS students were able to cope up better with the online mode of teaching with the passage of time and regular feedback provided to them. The results of the present study demonstrate that the department of physiology could implement CBME online and conduct internal assessments also. © 2022 Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth ;Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow

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Journal of the Indian Medical Association ; 118(7):28-33, 2020.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1787055

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COVID 19 pandemic has a significant impact on global public health and economies. Scientists and researchers all over the world are endeavouring in search of specific drug against COVID19 virus. For a novel emerging virus, specific antiviral drug takes time before its approval for clinical use as RCTs are expensive and time consuming. In Indian perspective, many drugs which are currently under clinical trial are unavailable. Reviewing available published and unpublished papers, we intend to throw light on the drugs that can be used in the interim in India till further evidence come. Pending sufficient evidence remdesivir, favipirvair,tocilizumab,lopinavir-ritonavir with or without ribavirin;hydroxychloroquine or convalescent plasma can be considered. © 2020 Indian Medical Association. All rights reserved.

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Journal of Association of Physicians of India ; 69(11):14-16, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1507498

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Background: Chemoprophylaxis (CP) along with masking and physical distancing seem an undeniable alternative. Considering the significant but uncertain role of CP for the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, we aimed to determine the various aspects of CP prescribing practices among physicians across India. Methods: An online survey was conducted among prescribing physicians across India where physicians were assessed for their prescribing practices on COVID-19 CP. Responses to the questionnaire were obtained via telephone, email and WhatsApp messages. Responses were duly analyzed thereafter. Result: Ivermectin was the preffered choice in 44% individuals followed by hydroxychloroquine in 34% individuals. Odds of COVID contact among those using HCQ and/or IVR prophylaxis was less than 1 of which IVR was found more protective. The present study also made a survey among 309 community dwellers, where odds of contacted COVID among those with any prophylaxis was 0.46 times than those without any prophylaxis. Conclusion: The HCPs found IVR to have a greater risk reduction than with HCQ;while the combination showed the greatest reduction and lack of CP use was associated with a high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. © 2021 Journal of Association of Physicians of India. All rights reserved.

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J. Phys. Conf. Ser. ; 1797, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1139939

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Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreaks have severely disrupted the economy, with devastating effects on global trade and it has simultaneously affected households, businesses, financial institution, industrial establishments and infrastructure companies. The economic crisis caused by the virus has hit many more organizations around the world. Similarly, construction and engineering projects around the world have been jeopardize in various way by the COVID-19 pandemic and many projects have closed. As a result, there has been a financial recession in the construction industry in almost all countries and has created unemployment. All in all, this situation has caused great concern, uncertainty and unrest in the construction industry. This paper observes in several countries and describes the global impact of the Corona virus on the construction industry. This paper also explains how it is possible to continue construction work in this situation. If construction work continues, the economic downturn will be reduced and unemployment will be reduced. © 2021 Institute of Physics Publishing. All rights reserved.

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National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology ; 11(1):62-67, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1041467

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Background: Coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic has brought a sudden change in education across the globe. To ensure social distancing, Medical Colleges in India also started online medical teaching since Nation Wide lockdown from 24 March 2020. Aim and Objective: To assess the impact and effectiveness of online teaching program provided by the Department of Physiology in Burdwan Medical College, West Bengal, among the first Prof. M.B.B.S students. Materials and Methods: This pilot study was conducted in a time span of 3 months after obtaining Institutional ethical clearance. Two hundred students enrolled in 1st year participated in this study. Mode of teaching was Flipped Class Room Assisted Self-directed Learning. Multiple assessments were conducted. Two surveys to assess stress level with the perceived stress scale of Sheldon Cohen and three feedback surveys to assess and modify the online teaching program were conducted. Results: Academic activities carried by the majority of students were 5 h or more. About 77.1% were satisfied with the online support, 86.1% felt that regular assessment and feedback provided to them were beneficial, and 11.4% had difficulty in studying physiology in online mode. About 87% students wanted the online support to continue along with offline mode in the near future. Students performed significantly better in post-test sessions (65.155 ± 4.74 vs. 53.378 ± 5.4;P = 0.0045**) as compared to pre-test sessions. There was no significant difference in performance between traditional lecture (even with revision) classes and online sessions. No significant difference in stress scores was observed between two surveys conducted in consecutive 2 months. Conclusions: It is evident that online teaching is an effective tool in teaching physiology to undergraduate medical students and may be taken into consideration in future teaching-learning and assessment program.

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Journal of the Indian Medical Association ; 118(5):34-36, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-681552

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We present three patients of COVID19 who presented to the emergency with neurological derangements. On admission fever, cough, sorethroat or contact history were notably absent in the first two that led to initial confusion about the diagnosis. We hereby stress on keeping SARSCoV2 infection in the differential diagnosis if patients present during this pandemic with neurological symptoms.

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