Importance of clinically oriented problem solving tutorials (COPST) in teaching of physiology

Ambreen Kamran, Rehana Rehman, Azhar Iqbal

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Objective To determine perception of students on usefulness of Case-Oriented Problem-Solving Tutorials (COPST) in understanding of physiology. Methods This was a cross sectional observational study in which response of students to a self administered structured questionnaire regarding understanding of physiology was taken from 97 students. Results COPST helped 74 (76%) students in understanding of content and 68 (70%) students in structural and functional relationship. Difficult concepts of lectures were understood by 69 I 2 (71%) students, while perception of pathologies and application of gained knowledge was credited by 75 (77%) and 67 (69%) students respectively. Self directed and interactive learning was reported by 50 (52%) and 61 (63%) students and confidence was gained in 52 (54%) respondents. Conclusion Discussion of clinical scenarios in small groups, supervised by trained facilitators helped in better understanding of physiology by active participation of medical students through question and answers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-237
Number of pages5
JournalRawal Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Case based learning
  • Clinically oriented problem solving tutorials
  • Problem based learning
  • Small group discussions
  • Traditional tutorials


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