Introduction: Ever-expanding medical literature demands
successful amalgamation of huge information and clinical practice
for budding doctors. This study aimed to find the effectiveness
of the concept map, a novel method of teaching to improve
performance among undergraduate pharmacology students.
Methods: The undergraduate medical students pursuing
pharmacology in 2017-18 in our institute was divided into two
groups after stratified randomization based on the last semester
grades. After a session of didactic lecture on ‘Drugs affecting
Calcium Metabolism’ and a pre-test, one group was taught using
traditional tutorial methods and another group using the concept
map method. Finally, a post-test was taken and feedback received
from the intervention group.
Results: A significant improvement of student performance was
found in both groups using validated questionnaire from pre-test
to post-test. There was no significant difference in the percentage
of improvement between the groups. This finding was consistent
in both Low scorers and High scorers of the previous semester
examination. Students found the new method better in terms of
understanding the concept and interactivity.
Conclusion: Concept mapping encourages the students to actively
participate and get a comprehensive and accurate overview of the
topic, but the improvement in performance in the test was not