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ERIC Number: EJ1028741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
"Molecules-in-Medicine": Peer-Evaluated Presentations in a Fast-Paced Organic Chemistry Course for Medical Students
Kadnikova, Ekaterina N.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n7 p883-888 Jul 2013
To accentuate the importance of organic chemistry in development of contemporary pharmaceuticals, a three-week unit entitled "Molecules-in-Medicine" was included in the curriculum of a comprehensive one-semester four-credit organic chemistry course. After a lecture on medicinal chemistry concepts and pharmaceutical practices, students worked in small groups (rarely, individually) to research and prepare a PowerPoint presentation on a small-molecule drug, highlighting the drug's structure, function, biological target, and organic reactions involved in its synthesis. Presentations were uploaded on the Blackboard course management system and then peer-reviewed and graded by fellow students using Blackboard's peer-review feature and instructor-provided criteria. Both the preparation of the presentation and the evaluation of other student's presentations were required to receive credit for this unit. In addition to helping students acquire critical skills in effective communication and experiencing peer review firsthand for the first time, this assignment generated tremendous student interest, stimulated student engagement with organic chemistry, and improved their awareness of the role of organic chemistry in modern drug design and synthesis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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