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A comparative analysis of the participation and knowledge gained by clinicians and researchers in a web based learning program on regenerative medicine

Gary A Levy, Helen C Reena, Vidyasagar Devaprasad Dedeepiya, Justin Benjamin William, Mathaiyan Rajmohan, Ramalingam Karthick, Senthilkumar Preethy, Samuel JK Abraham.

Abstract
Objective: The Training Programme in Regenerative Medicine (TPRM) is a web-based learning program on Regenerative
Medicine (RM) live telecasted from the University of Toronto, Canada to Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM),
India through a partnership agreement. This manuscript analyses the participation of clinicians and basic researchers in this
programme and their knowledge gained. Methods: Scholars’ participation and scores gained in the three assignments
during the course for three consecutive batches from 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 were analyzed. Results: The results
showed that the participation of clinicians was high compared to basic science researchers. When the average scores
obtained by each individual scholar was calculated and then analysed over three years, it was observed that clinicians
scored statistically significant higher marks than the basic science researchers (p value = 0.0029). There was no significant
difference in the scores between graduates and doctorates. Conclusion: Thus this analysis based on the scores suggests
that clinicians have relatively higher exposure and interest in the field of RM compared to basic science researchers in
India. Designing courses so as to provide equal exposure to clinicians and scientists will help to bridge the gap which will
in turn lead to better bench to bedside translation of RM technologies.

Key words: Regenerative Medicine, Online education, Clinicians Vs Basic science researchers


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