Shakya T.*, Sharma S. and Baral P.


Background: Dissection is a conventional and leading method of anatomy education, but nowadays scheme of teaching has been modified and includes inspection of prosected specimens, didactic teaching, problem based workshops, use of 3D models and radiological anatomy. Such modification has resulted in reduced emphasis for dissection. Therefore this study was conducted to determine perception of basic science medical students to dissection. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study using structured questionnaire conducted in Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine (SOM), PAHS, Lalitpur, Nepal. A questionnaire was administered to first and second year basic science medical students. For each question, the students have to choose one of the three possible responses: “yes”, “no” or “undecided”. Results: In present study 97.2% of the students considered cadaver dissection is still considered important and indispensable in anatomy learning. Almost all the students (99.1%) feel dissection provides the best method for learning. 89.9% agreed that dissection is better than demonstration of prosected specimen and majority of students opined that dissection should not be replaced by alternative scheme of teaching. Likewise, 97.2% of students found their first visit to dissection room exciting and same percentage of students was in the agreement that dissection enhanced their skill of thinking in a logical manner. Conclusion: Cadaver dissection is important and indispensible means of learning anatomy. Dissection is still the most preferred method of anatomy learning among medical students despite technological advancements. Plastic models and computer assisted program should be complementary but not a substitute to dissection.

Keywords: Perception, Cadaver dissection, medical students.

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