Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Introducing Gross Pathology to Undergraduate Medical Students in the Dissecting Room

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Author(s)

Andrew Wood, Kate Struthers, Susan Whiten, David Jackson, C. Simon Herrington

School/Research organisations

Abstract

Pathology and anatomy are both sciences that contribute to the foundations of a successful medical career. In the past decade, medical education has undergone profound changes with the development of a core curriculum combined with student selected components. There has been a shift from discipline-based teaching towards problem-based learning. Both anatomy and pathology are perceived to have suffered from this educational shift. The challenge is to introduce methods of learning for these subjects into an integrated student-centered curriculum. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of pathology in 12 donor cadavers in the dissecting room of the Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews. All of the cadavers had multiple pathologies (between three to four conditions) ranging from common to rare disorders. A number of prostheses and surgical interventions were also noted. This small study confirms that cadaveric dissection provides an excellent opportunity for the integration of anatomy, pathology, and clinical medicine into the early clinical training of undergraduate medical students. The identification of disease in a cadaver provides an excellent introduction to the gross features of a disease process, but does not substitute for the detailed study of a process later in the curriculum. Anat Sci Educ 3: 97-100, 2010. (C) 2010 American Association of Anatomists.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • pathology education, gross anatomy, anatomy education, medical education, dissection, TEACHING ANATOMY, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE, CADAVERS

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Histopathology from the dissecting room: Are cadavers a suitable source of educationally useful histopathology specimens?

    Wood, A., Whiten, S. C., McVee, J., Issberner, J. P., Jackson, D. & Herrington, C. S., 2015, In : Journal of Anatomy. 9, 1, p. 26 – 33 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Guidelines for chest drain insertion may not prevent damage to abdominal viscera

    Bowness, J., Kilgour, P. M., Whiten, S., Parkin, I., Mooney, J. & Driscoll, P., Aug 2015, In : Emergency Medicine Journal. 32, 8, p. 620-625 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Generic Research Skills for Medicine: a vertical curriculum strand

    Aiton, J. F., Whiten, S. C. & Struthers, J., 1 Sep 2008.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  4. Using an ePortfolio to encourage independent learning, self evaluation and peer review Jim Aiton*

    Aiton, J. F., Struthers, J., Whiten, S. C., Cotteril, S. & Horner, P., 28 Feb 2008.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  5. Using an ePortfolio to encourage independent learning, self evaluation and peer review Jim Aiton*

    Aiton, J. F., Struthers, J., Whiten, S. C., Cotteril, S. & Horner, P., 28 Feb 2008.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Related by journal

  1. Sharps injuries during dissection: a five-year retrospective study in the context of safety

    Foytl, J., Chisholm, F. & Varsou, O., 10 Jun 2019, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. Early View

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 6041149

Top