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ABSTRACT: Medical education has experienced a rapidly changing scenario especially during the past three decades. Teachers training programs have emerged in recent years as a more in depth and comprehensive mechanisms for strengthening instructional skills and formulating assessment techniques among faculty members. The present study was carried out with the aim of assessing effectiveness of teacher training workshop on assessment techniques at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, Nepal. Methods: In this prospective questionnaire based study, the 26 entry level teachers were enrolled. They were requested to fill the questionnaire before and after the workshop on the assessment techniques at BPKIHS, Dharan. Twenty six teachers majority of whom were entry level teachers comprising of medical, dental, nursing and allied sciences participated in pre- and post test analysis on the various components of written and oral examinations. A two and half days long training was conducted having 9 hours of teaching interactive sessions, 6 hours of group exercises, daily evaluation and 3 hours of presentation by participants. There was high degree of agreement with most topics of the assessment training. There was a significant gain in knowledge (p < 0.001) by the participants. All the participants (100%) agreed upon the training being informative and learned new things about assessment. More practice session with longer duration with invited resource persons were also suggested for an effective session. Thereis an immense opportunity for a better and comprehensive training in evaluation techniques in medical education..Kathmandu University Medical Journal 07/2011; 9(35):189-92.
Article: Assessment of iodine nutrition status among school age children of Nepal by urinary iodine assay.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The present study was undertaken to evaluate the iodine status of Nepalese school age children by measuring urinary iodine excretion (UIE). A population based cross-sectional study was conducted during November-December 2006 among 1,094 school age children. Spot urine samples were collected from all children and UIE was measured during February to March 2007 by an ammonium persulfate digestion microplate (APDM) method. The median UIE at the national level was 193.10 microg/l, indicating adequate iodine intake in Nepalese schoolchildren. The proportion of the population having UIE below 50 microg/l and below 100 microg/l were 4.5% and 22.0%, respectively. Determination of precision of the method was done following calculation of the inter- and intra-assay coefficient of variation (CV). At low, medium and high concentrations of urinary iodine the intra-assay CVs were 6.3, 1.8 and 1.9%, respectively. The inter-assay CVs for low, medium and high concentrations of urinary iodine were 11.9, 4.9 and 6.2%, respectively. Therefore, current iodine nutrition status is at satisfactory levels in Nepal. An effective monitoring program must be continued to ensure optimal iodine status and prevent the population from developing iodine deficiency disorder (IDD).The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health 05/2009; 40(3):538-43. · 0.60 Impact Factor