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Effectiveness of interactive teaching intervention on medical students' knowledge and attitudes toward stem cells, their therapeutic uses and potential research applications
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  • Fayez Abdulrazeq,
  • Khalid Kheirallah,
  • Abdallah Alzoubi,
  • Mohammad A. Al-Qudah,
  • Jomana Alsulaiman,
  • Abdulwahab Al-Maamari
Fayez Abdulrazeq
Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
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Khalid Kheirallah
Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
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Abdallah Alzoubi
Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
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Mohammad A. Al-Qudah
Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
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Jomana Alsulaiman
Yarmouk University Faculty of Medicine
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Abdulwahab Al-Maamari
Isra University Faculty of Law
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Abstract

Aims: To evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive teaching intervention on medical students’ knowledge and attitudes about stem cell research and therapy. Methods: A quasi-experimental, one group pre-posttest study design was employed. A six-session interactive teaching course (intervention) was conducted for a duration of 6 weeks. Pre and post intervention surveys were used. Differences in students’ knowledge and attitude mean scores were examined using paired t-test, while gender differences were examined using independent t-test. Results: Seventy one sixth year medical students were invited to participate in this study. A pre-intervention survey was distributed to 58 students who agreed to participate (81.6%). Out of 58 students, only 48 (82.7%) completed the entire course. Total knowledge scores and attitude score significantly increased post intervention. Significant gender differences in knowledge and attitude scores were not detected post intervention. Conclusions: Integrating stem cell science into medical curricula coupled with interactive learning approach were effective in increasing students’ knowledge about recent advances in stem cell research and therapy, and in improving attitudes toward stem cells research and applications.