Learning a basic science: anatomy


The answer is: No.


The answer is: it depends on who you ask. Clinicians are of the opinion they do not know enough. Recent graduates think they do. Anatomists are in between but tend to agree with the clinicians.


There is little evidence for claims being made that anatomy knowledge is impaired.


Educational principles like time-on-task and repetition, have a stronger impact on students’ perceived and actual anatomical knowledge than the educational approach underpinning a curriculum.


Increasing institutional recognition for teaching, consensus on what to teach in anatomy, and time for anatomists to involve themselves in the science of teaching and learning, could help to identify factors contributing to how anatomy education can be made as effective as possible.