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Review of anatomy education in Australian and New Zealand medical schools

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Abstract


  • Anatomy instruction at Australian and New Zealand medical schools has been the

    subject of considerable debate recently. Many commentators have lamented the

    gradual devaluation of anatomy as core knowledge in medical courses. To date, much

    of this debate has been speculative or anecdotal and lacking reliable supporting data.

    To provide a basis for better understanding and more informed discussion, this study

    analyses how anatomy is currently taught and assessed in Australian and New Zealand

    medical schools.

    A mailed questionnaire survey was sent to each of the 19 Australian and 2 New

    Zealand medical schools, examining the time allocation, content, delivery and assessment

    of anatomy for the 2008 academic year.

    Nineteen of the 21 (90.5%) universities invited to participate completed the survey.

    There was considerable variability in the time allocation, content, delivery and assessment

    of anatomy in Australasian medical schools. The average total hours of anatomy

    teaching for all courses was 171 h (SD 116.7, range 56/560).

    Historical data indicate a major decline in anatomy teaching hours within medical

    courses in Australia and New Zealand. Our results reveal that as there is no national

    curriculum for anatomy instruction, the curriculum content, instruction methodology

    and assessment is highly variable between individual institutions. Such variability in

    anatomy teaching and assessment raises an important question: is there also variable

    depth of understanding of anatomy between graduates of different medical courses?

Authors


  •   Craig, Steven J. (external author)
  •   Tait, Noel (external author)
  •   McAndrew, Darryl J.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Craig, S. J., Tait, N. & McAndrew, D. J. (2010). Review of anatomy education in Australian and New Zealand medical schools. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 80 (4), 212-216.

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  • 2-s2.0-77949895682

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=medpapers

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Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 212

End Page


  • 216

Volume


  • 80

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • Anatomy instruction at Australian and New Zealand medical schools has been the

    subject of considerable debate recently. Many commentators have lamented the

    gradual devaluation of anatomy as core knowledge in medical courses. To date, much

    of this debate has been speculative or anecdotal and lacking reliable supporting data.

    To provide a basis for better understanding and more informed discussion, this study

    analyses how anatomy is currently taught and assessed in Australian and New Zealand

    medical schools.

    A mailed questionnaire survey was sent to each of the 19 Australian and 2 New

    Zealand medical schools, examining the time allocation, content, delivery and assessment

    of anatomy for the 2008 academic year.

    Nineteen of the 21 (90.5%) universities invited to participate completed the survey.

    There was considerable variability in the time allocation, content, delivery and assessment

    of anatomy in Australasian medical schools. The average total hours of anatomy

    teaching for all courses was 171 h (SD 116.7, range 56/560).

    Historical data indicate a major decline in anatomy teaching hours within medical

    courses in Australia and New Zealand. Our results reveal that as there is no national

    curriculum for anatomy instruction, the curriculum content, instruction methodology

    and assessment is highly variable between individual institutions. Such variability in

    anatomy teaching and assessment raises an important question: is there also variable

    depth of understanding of anatomy between graduates of different medical courses?

Authors


  •   Craig, Steven J. (external author)
  •   Tait, Noel (external author)
  •   McAndrew, Darryl J.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Craig, S. J., Tait, N. & McAndrew, D. J. (2010). Review of anatomy education in Australian and New Zealand medical schools. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 80 (4), 212-216.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77949895682

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/24

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 212

End Page


  • 216

Volume


  • 80

Issue


  • 4