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ERIC Number: EJ844447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Blues for the Lecture Theatre--The Pharmacology Songbook
MacDonald, Ewen; Saarti, Jarmo
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v7 Article 2 May 2006
In 2005, we were able to digitally record the so-called pharmacology songbook; a set of songs with lyrics devoted to pharmacological topics. A CD was prepared entitled The Beta-blocker Blues and its contents are now all freely available in mp3 format from our web page (Ewen MacDonald & friends, 2005). The web page also contains the lyrics and videos. These songs can be used to spice up a lecture; not only do they also describe certain aspects of basic pharmacology in a humorous manner, they also provide students with easy-to-grasp illustrations of difficult concepts (e.g. the problems associated with prophylactic use of risk-reducing medications in large numbers of people, most of whom will never suffer the actual disease). We examined whether students could learn basic pharmacology knowledge simply by listening to a CD with the songs. After listening to the CD on the weekend prior to the start of their pharmacology course, our novice students more than doubled their performance on a multiple-choice examination (from a pre-CD score of 30% up to 65% after the CD; p less than 0.001). We conclude that these "pharmacological blues" are a useful teaching resource for basic pharmacology students. (Contains 1 table and figure.)
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