Virtual online teaching in lieu of cadaveric dissection and traditional learning methods during Anatomy classes in the lockdown times of COVID

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Shinde Amol A*, Manvikar Purushottam R, Patel Dinesh K

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Background: Dissecting a cadaver is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a medical student. But considering the present COVID -19 pandemic, most of the medical colleges have stopped the cadaveric dissections and other offline teaching activities since March 2020. Virtual online classes on Zoom® meetings and Google® classroom were taken. Aims and Objective: This study is done to find the view point of 1 MBBS students to use of virtual online teaching in lieu of cadaveric dissection and traditional teaching methods. Materials and Methods: Pretested questionnaires were sent to willing students. A consent form was first sent followed by first questionnaire during the online classes in August 2020. Second questionnaire was sent after offline classes in small groups were taken in December 2020. Results: Online histology classes were preferred by 49.7% students. Osteology tutorials and classroom lectures of gross Anatomy were preferred over virtual classes. Students preferred recorded lecture to live online lecture because of connectivity issues. Conclusion: Online classes helped in continuation of classes during pandemic. But online lectures and virtual dissection can’t replace classroom lectures and cadaveric dissection.

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Virtual teaching, Online classes, COVID–19 pandemic, Hybrid teaching, Blended learning, Cadaveric dissection
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