Cadaver dissection: A positive experience among Saudi female medical students
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The objectives of this study were to evaluate first-year undergraduate female preclinical medical students’ behaviours, experiences, and emotions regarding cadaver dissection. The evaluation was performed during the 2013e2014 academic year, six months after starting the dissection course. Methods: A 14-statement questionnaire was administered to a group of 200 first-year undergraduate female preclinical medical students at the College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), KSA. For each question, the students responded by selecting either “Yes,” “No,” or “Undecided.” Statistical analysis was performed after collection of the questionnaire responses. Results: The results showed that 90% of the students agreed that cadaver dissection provided the best and shortest way to study anatomy. Also, 89% were excited during their first visit to the dissection room, and 79% were satisfied that dissection of a cadaver was ethically acceptable. The majority of the students (over 90%) declared that dissection of a cadaver was one of the best teaching strategies for facilitating the acquisition of knowledge of human anatomy. Conclusions: Saudi female first-year undergraduate medical students at KAU showed positive attitudes toward cadaver dissection during their human anatomy course. This study prompts the need for exploration of gender differences in perception regarding cadaver dissection.