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Vol 77, No 2 (2018)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2017-09-22
Submitted: 2017-06-04
Accepted: 2017-08-30
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Does simulation-based training facilitate the integration of human anatomy with surgery? A report of a novel Surgical Anatomy Course

K. Torres, M. Denisow-Pietrzyk, Ł. Pietrzyk, R. Maciejewski, A. Torres
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2017.0088
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Pubmed: 29064555
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Folia Morphol 2018;77(2):279-285.

open access

Vol 77, No 2 (2018)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2017-09-22
Submitted: 2017-06-04
Accepted: 2017-08-30

Abstract

Background: Knowledge of gross anatomy, as a basic core subject, is fundamental for medical students and essential to medical practitioners, particularly for those intending a surgical career. However, both medical students and clinical teachers have found a significant gap in teaching basic sciences and the transition into clinical skills. The authors present a Surgical Anatomy Course developed to teach the anatomical basis of surgical procedures with particular emphasis on laparo­scopic skills while incorporating medical simulation.

Materials and methods: An evaluation of the students’ satisfaction of the Surgical Anatomy Course was completed using a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions, and a six-point Likert Scale. Questions were asked about the students’ perceived improvement in surgical and laparoscopic skills. Manual skills were assessed using a laparoscopic simulator.

Results: Both evaluation of the course structure and the general impression of the course were positive. Most students believed the course should be an integral part of a modern curriculum. The course supported the traditional surgical classes and improved anatomical knowledge and strengthened students’ confidentiality and facilitated understanding and taking surgical rotations.

Conclusions: A medical course combining the practical learning of anatomy and surgical-based approaches will bring out the best from the students. Medical students positively evaluated the Surgical Anatomy Course as useful and benefi­cial regarding understanding anatomical structure and relationship necessary for further surgical education. (Folia Morphol 2018; 77, 2: 279–285)

Abstract

Background: Knowledge of gross anatomy, as a basic core subject, is fundamental for medical students and essential to medical practitioners, particularly for those intending a surgical career. However, both medical students and clinical teachers have found a significant gap in teaching basic sciences and the transition into clinical skills. The authors present a Surgical Anatomy Course developed to teach the anatomical basis of surgical procedures with particular emphasis on laparo­scopic skills while incorporating medical simulation.

Materials and methods: An evaluation of the students’ satisfaction of the Surgical Anatomy Course was completed using a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions, and a six-point Likert Scale. Questions were asked about the students’ perceived improvement in surgical and laparoscopic skills. Manual skills were assessed using a laparoscopic simulator.

Results: Both evaluation of the course structure and the general impression of the course were positive. Most students believed the course should be an integral part of a modern curriculum. The course supported the traditional surgical classes and improved anatomical knowledge and strengthened students’ confidentiality and facilitated understanding and taking surgical rotations.

Conclusions: A medical course combining the practical learning of anatomy and surgical-based approaches will bring out the best from the students. Medical students positively evaluated the Surgical Anatomy Course as useful and benefi­cial regarding understanding anatomical structure and relationship necessary for further surgical education. (Folia Morphol 2018; 77, 2: 279–285)

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Keywords

human anatomy course, surgery, learning of anatomy, Surgical Anatomy Course

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Title

Does simulation-based training facilitate the integration of human anatomy with surgery? A report of a novel Surgical Anatomy Course

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 77, No 2 (2018)

Pages

279-285

Published online

2017-09-22

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2017.0088

Pubmed

29064555

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2018;77(2):279-285.

Keywords

human anatomy course
surgery
learning of anatomy
Surgical Anatomy Course

Authors

K. Torres
M. Denisow-Pietrzyk
Ł. Pietrzyk
R. Maciejewski
A. Torres

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