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The attitude of medical students in Europe toward the clinical importance of histology

Moxham, Bernard John, Emmanouil-Nikoloussi, Elpida, Brenner, Erich, Plaisant, Odile, Brichova, Hana, Kucera, Tomas, Pais, Diogo, Stabile, Isobel, Borg, Jordy, Scholz, Michael, Paulsen, Friedrich, Bueno-Lopez, Jose Luis, Arraez Aybar, Luis Alfonso, De Caro, Raffaele, Arsic, Stojanka, Lignier, Baptiste and Chirculescu, Andy 2017. The attitude of medical students in Europe toward the clinical importance of histology. Clinical Anatomy 30 (5) , pp. 635-643. 10.1002/ca.22889

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Many studies have been undertaken to assess the attitudes of medical students to the clinical importance of gross anatomy. However, much less is known about their attitudes towards the clinical importance of histology. Using Thurstone and Chave methods to assess attitudes, over 2,000 early stage medical students across Europe provided responses to a survey that tested the hypothesis that the students have a high regard for histology's clinical relevance. Regardless of the university and country surveyed, and of the teaching methods employed for histology, our findings were not consistent with our hypotheses, students providing a more moderate assessment of histology's importance compared to gross anatomy but more positive than their attitudes towards embryology. Histology should play a significant role in medical education in terms of appreciating not just normal structure and function but also pathology. We conclude that teachers of histology should pay special attention to informing newly-recruited medical students of the significant role played by histology in attaining clinical competence and in underpinning their status as being learned members of a health care profession. This work was conducted under the auspices of the Trans-European Pedagogic Research Group (TEPARG).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: anatomy; student attitudes; histology; medical students; microscopical anatomy
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0897-3806
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 20 April 2017
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2018 17:31

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