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Medical student preferences for self-directed study resources in gross anatomy


Choi-Lundberg, DL and Low, T and Patman, P and Turner, P and Sinha, SN, Medical student preferences for self-directed study resources in gross anatomy, Anatomical sciences education, 9, (2) pp. 150-160. ISSN 1935-9772 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 American Association of Anatomists

DOI: doi:10.1002/ase.1549


Gross anatomy instruction in medical curricula involve a range of resources and activities including dissection, prosected specimens, anatomical models, radiological images, surface anatomy, textbooks, atlases, and computer-assisted learning (CAL). These resources and activities are underpinned by the expectation that students will actively engage in self-directed study (SDS) to enhance their knowledge and understanding of anatomy. To gain insight into preclinical versus clinical medical students' preferences for SDS resources for learning gross anatomy, and whether these vary on demographic characteristics and attitudes toward anatomy, students were surveyed at two Australian medical schools, one undergraduate-entry and the other graduate-entry. Lecture/tutorial/practical notes were ranked first by 33% of 156 respondents (mean rank   SD, 2.48    1.38), textbooks by 26% (2.62    1.35), atlases 20% (2.80    1.44), videos 10% (4.34    1.68), software 5% (4.78    1.50), and websites 4% (4.24    1.34). Among CAL resources, Wikipedia was ranked highest. The most important factor in selecting CAL resources was cost (ranked first by 46%), followed by self-assessment, ease of use, alignment with curriculum, and excellent graphics (each 6-9%). Compared with preclinical students, clinical students ranked software and Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy higher and felt radiological images were more important in selecting CAL resources. Along with other studies reporting on the quality, features, and impact on learning of CAL resources, the diversity of students' preferences and opinions on usefulness and ease of use reported here can help guide faculty in selecting and recommending a range of CAL and other resources to their students to support their self-directed study.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gross anatomy education, undergraduate education, medical education, medical students, computer-aided learning, e-learning, self-directed learning, learning resources
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Choi-Lundberg, DL (Dr Derek Choi-Lundberg)
UTAS Author:Low, T (Mr Tze Feng Low)
UTAS Author:Patman, P (Mr Phillip Patman)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
UTAS Author:Sinha, SN (Professor Sankar Sinha)
ID Code:101694
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-07-01
Last Modified:2016-06-06

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