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East Afr Med J. 2002 Aug;79(8):408-14.

Medical students perception of problem topics in anatomy.

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School of Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of the Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the existence of perceived problem topics/concepts in anatomy, possible reasons for the problems and also student suggestions for alleviating the problems.

DESIGN:

An open-ended questionnaire.

SETTING:

School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

SUBJECTS:

Two hundred and fifty nine second year medical students.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The questionnaire included identification of problem areas, reasons for problems and possible solutions.

RESULTS:

The survey revealed a wide range of problem topics, with the majority being experienced in gross anatomy followed by histology and embryology. It was clear that the students experienced difficulties with 3-dimensional conceptualization and the visualisation of structures.

CONCLUSION:

A variety of teaching aids may help in addressing this problem and encourage spatially oriented thinking, leading ultimately to an integrated and in-depth understanding of anatomy.

PMID:
12638841
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