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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 127-130

Introducing innovative crossword puzzles in undergraduate physiology teaching- learning process

1 Professor and Head of Department of Physiology, Dy Director of Centre for Health Professional Education (HPE), Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Shobith Bangera
Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575018, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.154964

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Background: Games in physiology form an interesting avenue for teaching - learning process as it evokes interest, motivates students and is a welcome change in the monotonous routine lecture. Objective: To assess the usefulness of using crossword puzzles as a method of teaching and learning physiology among medical students. Materials and Methods: A simple crossword with clues given "across" and "down" was made using the puzzle maker website. Students were given instruction on the game rules and divided into teams. The students enjoyed the 2-hour game module and feedback from students was taken on the conduction of the crossword game and the interest generated. Results: Most of the students agreed that the game was conducted well and it was an extremely useful, fun filled, focused and an innovative change introduced by the department of Physiology. All of them gave written feedback and said they wanted more of such games. Conclusion: Using innovative interesting methods in teaching and learning programs is useful in creating interest among the students towards studying.

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