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Analysis of ultrasound in teaching gross anatomy to medical students.

Sadanandaswamy, M. and Searle, R. F. (2010) 'Analysis of ultrasound in teaching gross anatomy to medical students.', 14th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions. Miami, Florida, 15-20 May 2010.


Background: Ultrasound is used as a supplement in undergraduate anatomy teaching. Summary of work: Ultrasound was incorporated into practical session of upper/ lower limb natomy. Questionnaires were distributed to 30 first year graduate entry (A101) & 211 second year (A100) medical students and feedback analysed using chi-square test. Summary of results: The response rate was 60.2% (145/241). 78% of A101 and 63% of A100 students found the teaching useful/ essential. The graduate entry group had statistically significant positive responses for identifying bone (91.67% vs. 70%, p=0.02), vessels (91.67% vs. 54.4%, p=0.001) & nerves (45.83% vs. 12.60%, p=0.001), finding line diagram useful/essential (95% vs. 55.10%, p<0.001) and being able to translate most/ all of the structures on line diagram (61.90% vs. 36.61%, p=0.03) when compared with non-graduate group. Similar trend though not significant was obtained for identifying muscle (62.5% vs. 51.67%, p=0.33) & tendons (45.83% vs. 31.67%, p=0.18). Conclusions: Majority of students found ultrasound as a useful tool in anatomy teaching. The A101 group had better results probably because they are mature learners or had the advantage of having cross-sectional anatomy images with line diagrams. Take home message: Ultrasound could act as a useful adjunct in teaching anatomy to medical students.

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