Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 165–173 | Cite as

Assessing the impact of Medical Microbiology classes using active strategies on short- and long-term retention on medical students: an innovative study

  • Maria-Manuel AzevedoEmail author
  • Sofia Costa-de-Oliveira
  • Rita Teixeira-Santos
  • Ana P. Silva
  • Isabel M. Miranda
  • Carmen Lisboa
  • Cidália Pina-Vaz
  • Acácio G. Rodrigues
Education in Microbiology - Research Paper


One of teachers’ concerns, with students in general and medical students in particular, is to ensure as much as possible that information goes from students’ short-term memories to their long-term memories. The present study focuses on knowledge retention in Medical Microbiology and assesses the effectiveness of some strategies implemented for short- and long-term retention. A pre- and post-test was used to assess student’s learning. This study involved students of Porto University (test group). Test group participants were all attending the third year of the Medicine Degree Program. The results of post-test 1 were considered very positive and support the importance of these applied active activities and/or methodologies in Medical Microbiology for short-term retention. However, the results obtained in post-test 2 showed that knowledge retention after 9 months, despite substantial, decreases.


Teachers Medical students Microbiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria-Manuel Azevedo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sofia Costa-de-Oliveira
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rita Teixeira-Santos
    • 2
  • Ana P. Silva
    • 2
    • 3
  • Isabel M. Miranda
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carmen Lisboa
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cidália Pina-Vaz
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Acácio G. Rodrigues
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.School D. Maria IIVila Nova de FamalicãoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Center for Research in Health Technologies and Information Systems, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.Department of Clinical PathologyCentro Hospitalar de São JoãoPortoPortugal
  5. 5.Burn Unit, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryHospital São JoãoPortoPortugal

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