Learning of musculoskeletal ligament stress testing in a gross anatomy laboratory

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  • David A. Krause,

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    1. Program in Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
    • Program in Physical Therapy, 1102 Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA
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  • James W. Youdas,

    1. Program in Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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  • John H. Hollman

    1. Program in Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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Abstract

Human anatomy in physical therapy programs is a basic science course serving as a foundation for subsequent clinical courses. Integration of anatomy with a clinical emphasis throughout a curriculum provides opportunities for reinforcement of previously learned material. Considering the human cadaver laboratory as a fixed cost to our program, we sought opportunities to add value to the resource via vertical integration into a clinical skills course taught later in the curriculum. We designed an opportunity for second-year physical therapy students to revisit the human anatomy laboratory to study select clinical musculoskeletal tests and the associated anatomy in a clinically relevant context. Students performed select orthopedic ligament test on human cadavers, then incised specific structures and repeated the tests. Students were able to feel and visualize the function of pertinent anatomy associated with the clinical tests. Ninety-five percent of respondents reported that the ligament stress testing experience enhanced their understanding of orthopedic clinical tests with 91% reporting an enhanced understanding of anatomy related to specific clinical tests. Likewise, the experience was perceived as enjoyable and valuable with 86% of respondents reporting the experience as enjoyable and 100% responding the experience should continue as part of the curriculum. Anat Sci Educ. © 2011 American Association of Anatomists.

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