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The development of a core syllabus for the teaching of head and neck anatomy to medical students

Tubbs, R. Shane, Sorenson, Edward P., Sharma, Amit, Benninger, Brion, Norton, Neil, Loukas, Marios and Moxham, Bernard J. 2014. The development of a core syllabus for the teaching of head and neck anatomy to medical students. Clinical Anatomy 27 (3) , pp. 321-330. 10.1002/ca.22353

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The study of human anatomy has traditionally served as a fundamental component in the basic science education of medical students, yet there exists a remarkable lack of firm guidance on essential features that must be included in a gross anatomy course, which would constitute a “Core Syllabus” of absolutely mandatory structures and related clinical pathologies. While universal agreement on the details of a core syllabus is elusive, there is a general consensus that a core syllabus aims to identify the minimum level of knowledge expected of recently qualified medical graduates in order to carry out clinical procedures safely and effectively, while avoiding overloading students with unnecessary facts that have less immediate application to their future careers as clinicians. This paper aims to identify consensus standards of essential features of Head and Neck anatomy via a Delphi Panel consisting of anatomists and clinicians who evaluated syllabus content structures (greater than 1,000) as “essential”, “important”, “acceptable”, or “not required.” The goal is to provide guidance for program/course directors who intend to provide the optimal balance between establishing a comprehensive list of clinically relevant essential structures and an overwhelming litany, which would otherwise overburden trainees in their initial years of medical school with superficial rote learning, which potentially dilutes the key and enduring fundamental lessons that prepare students for training in any medical field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0897-3806
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 13:07

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