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Cureus. 2018 Apr 3;10(4):e2418. doi: 10.7759/cureus.2418.

Cadaveric Dissection a Thing of the Past? The Insight of Consultants, Fellows, and Residents.

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Internal Medicine, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, PAK.
Pediatrics, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, PAK.
Department of Anatomy, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, PAK.
Emergency Medicine, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, PAK.
Federal Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, PAK.


Objective The objective of our study was to determine whether cadaveric dissection is a necessity in medical education. Another purpose of our study was to assess the attitude and perception of consultants, residents, and fellows about cadaveric dissection and whether it helped them in their medical practices. Method We performed an analytical cross-sectional study among consultants, fellows, and residents of different specialty areas practicing in Punjab. A self-constructed questionnaire compromising of 41 items was used to assess the perception of doctors about cadaveric dissection and other alternative anatomy teaching methods. Consultants, fellows, and residents who were in clinical practice for more than six months were included in the study. Results Out of the total sample size of 842, 44.7% were female medical doctors and 55.3 % were male medical doctors. Cadaveric dissection was thought to be the most effective method for teaching anatomy by 27.9% of the doctors. Mean cadaveric dissection, prosection and didactic teaching components were scored significantly higher by doctors in surgery and allied fields (p<0.001). Doctors in the surgical and allied field were 0.55 times less likely to think that cadaveric dissection was unethical as compared to doctors working in medicine and allied fields (p<0.001). Conclusion Dissection is still considered by several doctors as a valuable source of learning anatomy. However, the future of teaching anatomy does not depend on any single method. It is, in fact, the right combination of all available resources and using them in an interactive way that maximizes outcomes.


anatomy; dissection; female; perception; physician

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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