Year 2018, Volume 12, Issue 3, Pages 145 - 151 2018-12-31

Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia

Melese Shenkut Abebe [1]

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Objectives: Although many studies have been conducted worldwide to investigate the positive and negative experiences of the cadaver room, there is no documented research in medical schools delivering the new innovative medical education (NIME) curriculum which involves teaching students who already receive a bachelor degree in any natural science including health sciences and having at least two years of work experience. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the effect of cadaver dissection both physically and emotionally on NIME students.

Methods: A survey was done on 82 first and second-year NIME students using standard structured questionnaire. The students were evaluated according to gender, religion and ethnicity.

Results: Students experienced multiple symptoms in the dissection room. The most prevalent physical symptoms were nausea (32%), palpitation (20.7%) and sweating (17.1%). In addition to these, sadness (41.5%), fear (34.1%) and worry (29.3%) were mostly reported emotional experiences. Females were more significantly nervous than males (p=0.03). Students of Oromo ethnicity reported a significantly higher degree of fainting (p=0.03), dizziness (p=0.02), and palpitation (p=0.02) than other ethnic students. Sweating and breathlessness were significantly decreased in year two compared to year one students (p<0.05). The smell of the cadaver was the most stressing aspect of the cadaver room. Females had nightmares more significantly than males in the post-dissection period (p=0.04).

Conclusion: Students experience a variety of physical and emotional symptoms during dissection. These can affect the performance of the students. this study provides data for these symptoms in NIME students, and their relation to gender, religion and ethnicity. 

Physical impact, Emotional impact, Cadaver dissection
  • Reference1
Primary Language en
Subjects Health Care Sciences and Services
Journal Section Teaching Anatomy
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-3528-4384
Author: Melese Shenkut Abebe (Primary Author)
Institution: Wollo University
Country: Ethiopia


Bibtex @research article { anatomy490009, journal = {Anatomy}, issn = {1307-8798}, eissn = {1308-8459}, address = {Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy (TSACA)}, year = {2018}, volume = {12}, pages = {145 - 151}, doi = {}, title = {Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia}, key = {cite}, author = {Abebe, Melese Shenkut} }
APA Abebe, M . (2018). Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia. Anatomy, 12 (3), 145-151. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/anatomy/issue/44861/490009
MLA Abebe, M . "Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia". Anatomy 12 (2018): 145-151 <http://dergipark.org.tr/anatomy/issue/44861/490009>
Chicago Abebe, M . "Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia". Anatomy 12 (2018): 145-151
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ISNAD Abebe, Melese Shenkut . "Physical and emotional impact of cadaver dissection on innovative medical education students: a survey in Ethiopia". Anatomy 12 / 3 (December 2019): 145-151.