Perception of Medical Students towards the Relevance and Retention of Anatomy Knowledge in Clinical Phase

Tengku Muda, Tengku Fatimah Muliana and Hassan, Asma’ and Annamalai, Lakshmi and Izad Abu Bakar, Yasrul and Muhamad, Norhazilah (2016) Perception of Medical Students towards the Relevance and Retention of Anatomy Knowledge in Clinical Phase. In: 7th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists, 17th - 20th March 2016, National University of Singapore.

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Anatomy is an essential in medical education, both in traditional and integrated curriculum. But do medical students have sufficient anatomy knowledge to survive their clinical phase, and to what extent the information is retained to become safe and efficient doctors are still questionable. This study aims to investigate medical students' perception on anatomy teaching in our hybrid integrated curriculum, and to measure the knowledge retention during their clinical phase. This is a cross sectional study where all UniSZA medical students in the clinical phase were surveyed to investigate their perception of anatomy teaching its relevance and application, and their knowledge retention as they underwent the clinical postings. The survey employed self- administered questionnaires with 5-point Likert scales and multiple true false (MTF) and one best answer (OBA) questions. The data was analysed with one-way ANOVA and post_hoc analysis with Bonferroni correction where the result was statistically significant (p<0.05). A total of 158(84.5%) medical students from Year 3 (34%), Year 4 (29%), and Year 5 (37%) in the academic session 2015-16 had participated in the survey. Most of them agreed that anatomy knowledge is important for medical practice (mean Likert score 4.18). The anatomy topics were relevant and they applied this knowledge to their clinical posting (mean Likert scale 4.08). However they observed that their anatomy knowledge fades as they reached clinical clerkship (mean Likert scale 3.92). This was evidenced by their reduced test scores, but the only significant difference was noted in OBA for Year 4 and 5 in comparison to Year 3 (p<0.05), and they agreed for anatomy to be revisited in clinical years(mean Likert scale4.31). In conclusion, knowledge of anatomy was perceived to be important for clinical practice and anatomy topics taught were relevant to their clinical postings. The considerable knowledge reduction of anatomy among student in the clinical phase must be examined, knowledge revisited and re_emphasised in order to improve the knowledge retention.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Keywords: Anatomy teaching, clinical relevance, knowledge retension
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr. Lakshmi Annamalai
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 02:34
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 02:34

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