Using clips from movies and web series as a pedagogic method for learning pharmacology


  • Shivani M. Desai Department of Pharmacology, Dr. D.Y. Patil Institue of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Pimpri, Pune, India
  • Pradnya V. Kakodkar Independent Education and Research Consultant, Pune, India



Cine-medicine, Education, Feedback, Pharmacology, Student, Teaching


Background: Cine-medicine has previously been used in medical teaching. Movies and web series have a great impact on people's lives. The authors were interested to see if it could be used for teaching and engaging pharmacology students.

Objective: To assess the effectiveness of using clips of movies or web series in Pedagogy for Pharmacology.

Methods: The study was conducted among 111 Bachelor of Pharmacy, third-year students. An innovative teaching-learning technique was used. Two broad themes were chosen: Pathophysiology of disease and Pharmacology of the drug. Each student had to present one of the themes for seven minutes, the time was divided into three minutes of a clip from a movie or web series they had chosen, and a four-minute explanation relating the clip to the theme. After the activity, students' feedback was obtained using a self-designed, pilot tested and validated eight item closed-ended questionnaire with options based on a 5-point Likert scale.

Results: A total of 97 (87.4%) students completed the pedagogy activity. This teaching method was considered as novel (90.8%), made the class engaging (85.1%), stimulated students' interest (93.1%), potentiated learning (89.6%), helped in knowledge retention (81.6%), made learning fun (88.5%), created more interest and motivation for learning (89.6%) and helped in understanding the concept due to visual imaging (97.7%).

Conclusion: The use of clips from movies and web series is an effective pedagogic method for learning pharmacology.

Author Biographies

Shivani M. Desai, Department of Pharmacology, Dr. D.Y. Patil Institue of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Pimpri, Pune, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Pradnya V. Kakodkar, Independent Education and Research Consultant, Pune, India



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How to Cite

Desai, S. M., & Kakodkar, P. V. (2022). Using clips from movies and web series as a pedagogic method for learning pharmacology . Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 445–449.



Research Article