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Evaluating a low-fidelity inguinal canal model


Hindmarch, J and Bazzi, K and Lahoud, J and Malik, A and Sinha, S, Evaluating a low-fidelity inguinal canal model, Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 42, (11) pp. 1323-1328. ISSN 0930-1038 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00276-020-02553-0


Purpose: The inguinal canal anatomy is of paramount clinical significance due to the common occurrence of direct and indirect inguinal hernias. However, the inguinal canal is often an area of great difficulty for medical students to understand. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a low-cost, low-fidelity inguinal canal model as a teaching and learning aid.

Methods: A low-fidelity inguinal canal model was introduced as a learning aid in an anatomy tutorial on the inguinal region. Students were randomised into intervention (n = 66) and control (n = 40) groups. Following the tutorial, all students completed a multiple-choice question quiz on the inguinal canal. The intervention group also completed a questionnaire evaluating the positive and negative aspects of the model.

Results: Students taught with the inguinal canal model achieved higher scores (mean: 88.31% vs 81.7%, p = 0.087). Positive aspects of the model as described by the students included its simplicity and ability to improve their three-dimensional understanding of the inguinal canal. Students requested more hands-on time with the model during the tutorial.

Conclusion: The present study supports current literature in that low-fidelity anatomy models are a useful adjunct to aid students' learning of complex anatomical concepts. Students may benefit from creating their own inguinal canal model to retain as a personal study tool.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anatomy model, anatomy teaching, inguinal canal, low-fidelity model
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Surgery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Sinha, S (Professor Sankar Sinha)
ID Code:152274
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-08-16
Last Modified:2022-09-26

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