Students prefer neither prosection or dissection
- By: Suneeta Kochhar
Medical and dental students do not prefer learning anatomy with prosections compared to dissection, say researchers from Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine, London, in a study published in Clinical Anatomy (2003; 16:165-172). Dental students, however, find prosection more useful than medical students. Above all, both groups of students found the use of tutorials and textbooks most beneficial in their learning.
In recent times there has been a trend towards using prosection over traditional undergraduate dissecting programmes because of costs, the shortage of skilled staff, and time constraints.
James Snelling and colleagues looked at how attitudes towards dissection varied with sex and ethnic origin. As well as studying effective means of delivering anatomy core curriculum to medical and dental students, the researchers assessed students' concerns surrounding dissection. A total of 474 first year medical and dental students at Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine and Dentistry