The effect of teaching integrated course of physical examination and radiological anatomy in practical limb anatomy on medical students' learning outcomes
BMC Medical Education
Background In the last few decades, the need to change the curriculum of basic medical science has been further emphasized. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of teaching integrated course of physical examination and radiological anatomy in practical limb anatomy on medical students' learning outcomes. Methods This was an experimental study. Medical students (of the 4th semester of medical education) were divided into intervention and control groups. Related topics of
... examination and radiological anatomy were added to the practical limb anatomy courses of the intervention group. Practical knowledge of anatomy, clinical applications of anatomical knowledge, students 'satisfaction, and students' attitude toward the anatomy course were assessed at the end of the study. Knowledge retention was assessed three months after the semester. Results The intervention group scored significantly higher mean scores in practical knowledge of anatomy test, clinical applications of anatomical knowledge test and knowledge retention test (P-value < 0.05). In evaluating students' satisfaction with the course, the intervention group was satisfied with the course and teacher performance and had appropriate attitude (Mean˃4, Max score = 5) towards the application of anatomy in medicine. Conclusions The findings of this study showed that teaching practical anatomy with a clinical integrated approach can improve the practical knowledge of anatomy, knowledge retention, and clinical applications of anatomical knowledge. In addition, an integrated approach was associated with greater student satisfaction and it makes students have appropriate attitude towards the application of anatomy in medicine.