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Medical Student Dissection of Cadavers Improves Performance on Practical Exams but not on the NBME Anatomy Subject Exam

Sargent Jones PhD, Leslie and Paulman PhD, Lance E. and Thandani MS, Raj and Terracio PhD, Louis (2001) Medical Student Dissection of Cadavers Improves Performance on Practical Exams but not on the NBME Anatomy Subject Exam. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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We have examined whether cadaver dissection by first year medical students (MIs) affected their performance in two test measures: the NBME Gross Anatomy and Embryology Subject Exam (dissection-relevant questions only), and practical exams given at the end of each major section within the course. The dissections for the entire course were divided into 18 regional dissection units and each student was assigned to dissect one third of the regional units; the other two-thirds of the material was learned from the partner-prosected cadavers. Performance for each student on the exams was then assessed as a function of the regions those students actually dissected. While the results indicated a small performance advantage for MIs answering questions on material they had dissected on the NBME Subject Exam questions relevant to dissection (78-88% of total exam), the results were not statistically significant. However, a similar, small performance advantage on the course practical exams was highly significant.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Medical Education; Health Professional Education; Basic science education; prosection; radiology;osteology
Subjects:JOURNALS > Medical Education Online > MEO Peer Reviewed
ID Code:2419
Deposited By:David, Solomon
Deposited On:22 Aug 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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