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Cadaveric surgery: a novel approach to teaching clinical anatomy.

Nutt, James and Mehdian, Roshana and Parkin, Ian and Dent, John and Kellett, Catherine (2012) Cadaveric surgery: a novel approach to teaching clinical anatomy. The clinical teacher, 9 (3). pp. 148-51. ISSN 1743-498X. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Anatomy is an essential basic science for safe and effective medical practice. In 2006 the UK Anatomy Act was changed to allow the use of surgical procedures on cadavers. This has unlocked opportunities for new methods of teaching clinically relevant anatomy. This study explores how surgical procedures may provide a purposeful and memorable way for undergraduates to learn anatomy, compared with conventional teaching methods.

METHODS

Under supervision, a group of third-year medical students prepared for and then performed a shoulder hemi-arthroplasty after identifying key anatomical structures and surgical objectives. The procedure was performed in a simulated theatre environment. A focus group was used to collect qualitative data based on the learning experience.

RESULTS

The surgical approach and implant insertion were successfully completed, and the educational objectives of identifying and learning surrounding structures were met. The focus group found that the exercise presented a relaxed introduction to surgery, enabled learning by association, and provided a learning experience that was both purposeful and complete.

DISCUSSION

The preparation and completion of the procedure enabled the students to focus on the anatomy of the shoulder, by identifying and forming associations with surrounding structures. Uniquely, the surgical nature of this project also allowed undergraduate students to practice key surgical skills and principles.

CONCLUSION

The authors believe that learning anatomy via a surgical approach provides a relevant, in-depth, purposeful and enjoyable learning experience. This technique also provided a valuable insight into surgery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine
Divisions: Emergency Services > Acute Medicine and AMU
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 12:45
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 12:45
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/455

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