Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education

Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education Background Anatomic body painting (ABP) is a teaching tool utilized in many countries but not well known in the USA. Minimal research exists on ABP’s efficacy as a teaching tool. The high cost of anatomy labs, limited cadaver availability, and short timeline of physician assistant (PA) curricula make ABP an attractive resource for PA programs. Elon University has used ABP as an adjunct teaching tool in its PA anatomy curriculum since matriculation of its first class in 2013. Purpose This paper describes how and why ABP was incorporated into Elon’s PA anatomy curriculum, details adaptations made for incorporation into an American anatomy curriculum and offers an assessment of student acceptability of ABP as a teaching method at a US Physician Assistant program. Methods Literature search was performed assessing use of ABP at other programs. A survey comparing student perceptions of ABP to cadaveric dissection was completed by participants in two (n =29; n =32) ABP sessions. Results Key featuresofElon’s ABP method and rationale for their inclusion are described. Cost for starting Elon’s ABP program was approximately $421.00. Student perceptions of ABP compared favorably to cadaveric dissection in perceived effectiveness, acceptance, and usefulness in understanding clinical correlations. Data suggest that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medical Science Educator Springer Journals

Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by International Association of Medical Science Educators
Subject
Education; Medical Education
eISSN
2156-8650
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40670-018-0581-y
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Abstract

Background Anatomic body painting (ABP) is a teaching tool utilized in many countries but not well known in the USA. Minimal research exists on ABP’s efficacy as a teaching tool. The high cost of anatomy labs, limited cadaver availability, and short timeline of physician assistant (PA) curricula make ABP an attractive resource for PA programs. Elon University has used ABP as an adjunct teaching tool in its PA anatomy curriculum since matriculation of its first class in 2013. Purpose This paper describes how and why ABP was incorporated into Elon’s PA anatomy curriculum, details adaptations made for incorporation into an American anatomy curriculum and offers an assessment of student acceptability of ABP as a teaching method at a US Physician Assistant program. Methods Literature search was performed assessing use of ABP at other programs. A survey comparing student perceptions of ABP to cadaveric dissection was completed by participants in two (n =29; n =32) ABP sessions. Results Key featuresofElon’s ABP method and rationale for their inclusion are described. Cost for starting Elon’s ABP program was approximately $421.00. Student perceptions of ABP compared favorably to cadaveric dissection in perceived effectiveness, acceptance, and usefulness in understanding clinical correlations. Data suggest that

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Medical Science EducatorSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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