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What do clinicians think of the anatomical knowledge of medical students? Results of a survey

G.J. Staśkiewicz, E. Walczak, K. Torres, A. Torres, M. Mazgaj, H. Kostek, K. Łętowska-Andrzejewicz, R. Maciejewski, Z. Wójtowicz
Folia Morphol 2007;66(2):138-142.

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Vol 66, No 2 (2007)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2007-03-09
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Human anatomy is one of basic courses in medical education. It usually takes place during the first year of the medical school syllabus. However, the results of the course, if defined as profound anatomical knowledge, are not applied by the students until several years after the final anatomy examination. The aim of the study was to evaluate the anatomical knowledge of senior medical students. For this reason a survey was distributed among teachers responsible for clinical rotas. The results of the study were intended to give the answer to the question, "What do students remember several years after the anatomy examination?" as expressed by their clinical teachers. The questionnaire included four closed questions and one open question. The closed questions concerned general anatomical knowledge, whether the anatomy course should be extended and whether additional courses should be introduced and included a question about student knowledge of particular systems. The open question concerned ways of improving anatomical education.
As a result of the survey it was observed that surgical specialists had a significantly lower opinion of the medical knowledge of their students than had medical specialists. Most of the suggestions for improving anatomical education were related to introducing clinical applications of anatomical knowledge.

Abstract

Human anatomy is one of basic courses in medical education. It usually takes place during the first year of the medical school syllabus. However, the results of the course, if defined as profound anatomical knowledge, are not applied by the students until several years after the final anatomy examination. The aim of the study was to evaluate the anatomical knowledge of senior medical students. For this reason a survey was distributed among teachers responsible for clinical rotas. The results of the study were intended to give the answer to the question, "What do students remember several years after the anatomy examination?" as expressed by their clinical teachers. The questionnaire included four closed questions and one open question. The closed questions concerned general anatomical knowledge, whether the anatomy course should be extended and whether additional courses should be introduced and included a question about student knowledge of particular systems. The open question concerned ways of improving anatomical education.
As a result of the survey it was observed that surgical specialists had a significantly lower opinion of the medical knowledge of their students than had medical specialists. Most of the suggestions for improving anatomical education were related to introducing clinical applications of anatomical knowledge.
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Keywords

anatomy teaching; medical education; human anatomy

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Title

What do clinicians think of the anatomical knowledge of medical students? Results of a survey

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 66, No 2 (2007)

Pages

138-142

Published online

2007-03-09

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2007;66(2):138-142.

Keywords

anatomy teaching
medical education
human anatomy

Authors

G.J. Staśkiewicz
E. Walczak
K. Torres
A. Torres
M. Mazgaj
H. Kostek
K. Łętowska-Andrzejewicz
R. Maciejewski
Z. Wójtowicz

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