Creative Approaches Combined with Computer Simulation Technology in Teaching Pharmacology

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)


Pharmacology is a key course among a number of preclinical courses in the schools of medicine, nursing, preventive medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc., and deals with the study of drugs regarding their sources, uses, metabolism excretion, dosages, adverse effects, interactions, and contraindications. To date, more and more traditional teaching methods in pharmacology are introduced, mainly including lecture based learning (LBL), problem based learning (PBL) mode, computer assisted teaching (CAT), computer assisted learning (CAL) experimental skills training in pharmacology and so on. In addition, these teaching methods above still focus on drugs not the relationship between with drugs and diseases of patients. Moreover, traditional pharmacology teachings focus more on drugs instead of therapeutics, such that although pharmacological knowledge is acquired, practical skills in prescribing remain weak. However, although teaching pharmacology to medical students has long been seen as a challenge and one to which a number of innovative approaches have been taken. The aim of this present article is to provide those who are interested in teaching of pharmacology to be acquainted with the teaching of pharmacology, including the traditional teaching methods and also the application of new one teaching method combined with computer simulation technology in pharmacology.


Pharmacology Drug targets Computer simulation technology 



This work was supported by Teaching Research Project of Ningbo University (To Dr. Chuang Wang in 2013).This project also sponsored by K. C. Wong Magna funded at Ningbo University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ningbo University School of MedicineNingboChina

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