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ERIC Number: EJ951791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-9772
Medical Students' Attitudes toward the Anatomy Dissection Room in Relation to Personality
Plaisant, Odile; Courtois, Robert; Toussaint, Paule Joanne; Mendelsohn, Gerald A.; John, Oliver P.; Delmas, Vincent; Moxham, Bernard J.
Anatomical Sciences Education, v4 n6 p305-310 Nov-Dec 2011
Assessment of the personalities of medical students could enable medical educators to formulate strategies for the best development of academic and clinical competencies. In this article, we focus on the experience of students in the anatomy dissecting room. While there have been many attempts to evaluate the emotional responses of medical students to human cadaveric dissection, there has been no investigation into how different personality traits affect the responses. The main hypothesis tested was that there is a relationship between personality traits and attitudes toward the dissection room. For the present study, a group of French medical students (n = 403; mean age 21.3 [plus or minus] 1.6; 65.3% female) completed a "Big Five" personality inventory and a questionnaire to assess their attitudes in regard to human dissection. The findings are consistent with our hypothesis, in that we found a relationship between reporting anxiety and four of the "Big Five" dimensions (all except openness). The rated level of anxiety was positively correlated with negative affectivity, more strongly at the beginning than at the end of the course. There were significant gender differences in attitudes toward dissection. The findings are discussed in relation to the possibility of preparing students for the dissecting room experience and also in relation to the students' understanding of mortality issues. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France