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Gross anatomy videos: Student satisfaction, usage, and effect on student performance in a condensed curriculum


  • Daniel B. Topping

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    1. Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Education Program, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
    2. Department of Medical Education, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, Florida
    • Correspondence to: Dr. Daniel B. Topping, Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827, USA. E-mail:

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Anatomy educators are being tasked with delivering the same quantity and quality of material in the face of fewer classroom and laboratory hours. As a result they have turned to computer-aided instruction (CAI) to supplement and augment curriculum delivery. Research on the satisfaction and use of anatomy videos, a form of CAI, on examination performance continues to grow. The purpose of this study was to describe the usage and effect on examination scores of a series of locally produced anatomy videos after an 11% curriculum reduction. First-year medical students (n = 40) were given access to the videos and the prior year's students (n = 40) were used as historical controls. There was no significant difference in demographics between the two groups. The survey response rate was 85% (n = 34) in the experimental group. The students found the videos to be highly satisfying (median = 5 on a five-point Likert scale, interquartile range = 1) and used them on average 1.55 times/week (SD ± 0.77). Availability of the videos did have a statistically significant effect (4% improvement) on the final laboratory examination (p = 0.039). This suggests that the videos were a well-received form of CAI that may be useful in bridging the gap created by a reduction in gross anatomy course contact hours. Anat Sci Educ 7: 273–279. © 2013 American Association of Anatomists.