The idea of organizing an international workshop on teaching physiology,
especially for the enlightenment and experience of physiologists from developing
countries, surfaced in 1996, when the Executive Council of the Pakistan
Physiological Society discussed the issues of teaching physiology in Pakistan.
Realizing the significance of the matter, the Council developed and circulated a
questionnaire, comprising of questions related to the curriculum, learning
strategies, and methods of evaluation. Eighty-two faculty members, belonging to
senior, middle and junior ranks serving in physiology departments in twenty-two
medical colleges and two universities in Pakistan responded to the
A great majority of the members represented middle-rank faculty. A summary of
their comments related mainly to the following issues.
1. The objectives of the physiology course are generally not available or if
available are not usually adhered to.
2. Didactic lecturing was reported as the most popular mode of teaching.
3. Evaluation is mostly done on a quarterly basis.
4. Examinations consist mostly of descriptive essay-type questions along with
some Multiple Choice Questions.