Document Type : Original Article


Department of Pharmacology, Dr. Y. S. Parmar GMC, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India


BACKGROUND: Research is a core essential component of evidence‑based medicine. The current 
study was undertaken to sensitize the undergraduate medical students the concept of biomedical 
research to sharpen their clinical skills.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This educational interventional study was done with a systemic 
random sample of 120 medical students in a tertiary care hospital. A workshop on biomedical research 
was conducted by the institutional ethics and medical education committee members followed by 
group activity regarding how to write the protocol of a research study. The protocols were then 
assessed using prestructured checklist by facilitators and feedback from the students and facilitators 
were assessed using student t‑score.
RESULTS: The pretest (5.86 ± 1.75) scores and posttest scores (11.82 ± 2.47) of multiple choice 
questions and open‑ended questions showed statistically significant difference. The feedback of 
students showed that 49.48% of students strongly agreed that contents discussed in the workshop 
were adequate, 61.85% agreed about better understanding of the topics of the workshop, 60.80% 
agreed that their queries and doubts are cleared, 53.6% agreed that the workshop motivates them 
to do research, and 44.3% agreed that they will attend the similar workshops in future. The protocols 
submitted by groups of students using the checklist showed 26%–80% scores.
CONCLUSION: The student’s knowledge on research methodology was significantly improved and 
teaching basic research methods to medical students at an early stage motivates the student to do 


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