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Views of Medical Students Regarding Cadaver Dissections before Starting Dissections

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dc.contributor.author Rajapaksa, P.
dc.contributor.author Pathirana, T.G.
dc.contributor.author Rathnayake, R.M.A.S.B.
dc.contributor.author Kumara, J.M.D.
dc.contributor.author Higgoda, E.
dc.contributor.author Heenatigala, C.
dc.contributor.author Perera, K.A.S.A.
dc.contributor.author Gallage, C.V.
dc.contributor.author Dissanayake, M.H.P.
dc.contributor.author Edirisinghe, E.A.S.T.
dc.contributor.author Yasawasdene, S.G.
dc.contributor.author Dissanayake, P.H.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-24T05:48:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-24T05:48:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015-07-06
dc.identifier.citation Rajapaksa, P., Pathirana, T.G., Rathnayake, R.M.A.S.B., Kumara, J.M.D., Higgoda, E., Heenatigala, C., Perera, K.A.S.A., Gallage, C.V., Dissanayake, M.H.P., Edirisinghe, E.A.S.T., Yasawasdene, S.G., & Dissanayake, P.H. (2015). Views of Medical Students Regarding Cadaver Dissections before Starting Dissections. Proceedings of 128th Anniversary International Medical Congress of Sri Lanka Medical Association. en_US, si_LK
dc.identifier.uri http://dr.lib.sjp.ac.lk/handle/123456789/4564
dc.description.abstract Introduction and objectives: First year medical students are exposed to cadaver dissections (CD) as learning/teaching material and they face a variety of emotional reactions when they encounter a human cadaver for the first time. Adverse psychological effects have been reported in Western medical students (MS), with 25.2% experiencing depression and nightmares. This study was carried out to determine the views of MS regarding cadaver dissections after introduction to the dissection hall but before starting dissections proper. Method: Altogether 150 students of the 2013/2014 A/L intake to the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) completed a simple self administered questionnaire regarding their views about CD. Results: In spite of a gender ratio of male: female of 1:2, the majority of students considered CD as challenging [80.6% (121/150)], as a stimulating way to learn [64% (96/1500] and as more informative [80% (120/150)]. After the first exposure, the majority considered CD as not a depressing task [54.5% (82/150)] and the dissection hall as a non-frightening environment [62.2% (94/150)] and onlyl4% (21/150) had recurrent thoughts of cadavers after leaving the dissection hall. The majority of the students noticed the strong formalin smell [92% (138/150)] at the entrance and 55.3% (83/150) experienced the formalin odour (after the first encounter) even while away from faculty. A high percentage 80% (120/150) stated that an interactive session with the academic staff before the CD would reduce the negative impacts and help them to gain more during the dissections. Conclusion: Although the majority of medical students are initially apprehensive towards dissections they realize the value of dissections as a learning tool. The initial adverse emotional reactions to cadaver dissections are relatively less than those documented in Western studies. en_US, si_LK
dc.language.iso en en_US, si_LK
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US, si_LK
dc.subject medical students en_US, si_LK
dc.subject human cadaver en_US, si_LK
dc.subject formalin odour en_US, si_LK
dc.subject dissections en_US, si_LK
dc.title Views of Medical Students Regarding Cadaver Dissections before Starting Dissections en_US, si_LK
dc.type Article en_US, si_LK

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