Volume : 4
Issue : 3
Online ISSN : 2394-2126
Print ISSN : 2394-2118
Article First Page : 389
Article End Page : 391
Introduction: Information regarding conduct and evaluation of Early Clinical Exposure (ECE) which has been mandated by Medical Council of India, is scarce and the present study is an attempt to highlight the significance of this very innovative program. Regulatory authorities have left the designing and the mode of implementation of the ECE program to the discretion of individual colleges to decide.
Materials and Method: As a part of the program of ECE, 150 first year MBBS students were posted in cardiac catheterization laboratory of PSG Hospitals for part of the day. Students in small batches of 10 each had the opportunity of visualizing the activities in this department and could witness the procedure of angiography, which enhanced their knowledge of basic sciences of cardiac anatomy, coronary vasculature and its clinical significance. They also interacted with some of the patients and their attendants.
Result: The evaluation of the program through a survey, in the form of a questionnaire (pre-post intervention) revealed that ECE had a positive impact on the appreciation of the relevance of basic sciences they learn during the preclinical years with clinical medicine. The open-ended comments from the participants revealed that the participants rated the program very high and considered it a memorable experience. Interaction with the interventional cardiologists and the patients and their attenders provided them an insight into the uniqueness of medical profession, in general and interventional cardiology in particular.
Conclusion: ECE, if properly designed provides avenues of enhancing students’ learning in cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain.
Keyword: Early clinical exposure, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiology