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Ultrasound and cadaveric prosections as methods for teaching cardiac anatomy: a comparative study.

Griksaitis, Michael J, Sawdon, Marina and Finn, Gabrielle M Ultrasound and cadaveric prosections as methods for teaching cardiac anatomy: a comparative study. Anatomical sciences education, 5 (1). pp. 20-6. ISSN 1935-9780

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This study compared the efficacy of two cardiac anatomy teaching modalities, ultrasound imaging and cadaveric prosections, for learning cardiac gross anatomy. One hundred and eight first-year medical students participated. Two weeks prior to the teaching intervention, students completed a pretest to assess their prior knowledge and to ensure that groups were equally randomized. Students, divided into pre-existing teaching groups, were assigned to one of two conditions; "cadaver" or "ultrasound." Those in the cadaver group received teaching on the heart using prosections, whereas the ultrasound group received teaching using live ultrasound images of the heart. Immediately after teaching, students sat a post-test. Both teaching modalities increased students' test scores by similar amounts but no significant difference was found between the two conditions, suggesting that both prosections and ultrasound are equally effective methods for teaching gross anatomy of the heart. Our data support the inclusion of either cadaveric teaching or living anatomy using ultrasound within the undergraduate anatomy curriculum, and further work is needed to compare the additive effect of the two modalities.

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Depositing User: Marina Sawdon


Item ID: 8113
ISSN: 1935-9780
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:41


Author: Marina Sawdon ORCID iD
Author: Michael J Griksaitis
Author: Gabrielle M Finn

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Medicine

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