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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 134-137

Encouraging the use of crosswords to facilitate deep conceptual learning in medical education


1 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jdrntruhs.jdrntruhs_47_21

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Medicine is a complex specialty, wherein a freshly enrolled student is expected to master the knowledge aspect of multiple subjects and even show proficiency in skills, attitude, values, etc. The present review was carried out to explore the role of crosswords in the field of medical education to enhance learning. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine and a total of 15 articles were selected based upon the suitability with the current review objectives and analyzed. Active engagement of students can be achieved by promotion of small group teaching, and thus employment of games and puzzles as a part of medical training represents an active form of learning. Crossword puzzles have been used in the field of medical education, nursing education and also as one of the strategies for the development of staff members. The employment of crosswords as a tool for teaching-learning has been linked with multiple benefits, such as development of diagnostic thinking, clinical reasoning skills, expansion of vocabulary, and mind stimulation. It is a must that an evaluation strategy should be developed to identify the utility of crosswords as a learning tool. To conclude, crossword puzzles in the field of medical education delivery are an effective and feasible approach to ensure critical thinking and better learning, recall and understanding of the key concepts. Thus, its use in all the specialty should be encouraged for the benefit of medical students.


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