Using anatomy education to develop the research skills of chiropractic students: A brief report

Goran Štrkalj*, Stanley Serafin, Mirjana Štrkalj

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Anatomy is one of the core pre-clinical subjects in the education of chiropracticstudents. In this paper, we argue that the subject of anatomy, apart from its main purposeof teaching students about the structures of the human body within the clinical context,can be utilized in the advancement of a number of other capabilities. One capabilityincludes the development of research skills for chiropractic students. We present twoactivities devised to contribute towards the development of students' research skills. Oneactivity is for first year students and another for final year students. The first year studentactivity involves using osteometric instruments to take measurements between standardlandmarks on bones in the osteological collection of Macquarie University's ChiropracticDepartment. The activity for final year students involves identification and analysis ofpathological conditions in the osteological collection. The Chiropractic health professionis quickly moving towards evidence-based practice. The basic research skills taught bythese exercises are essential as a foundation for developing more complex competenciesranging from the usage of complex clinical/research apparatuses and tools to assessingevidence in existing research. The activities we propose are easy to implement, timeefficientand can be applied with a minimum of financial cost. These exercises enablestudents to learn difficult anatomical material while applying it within a clinical context,improving critical thinking and developing research skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Education
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives, Challenges and Future Directions
EditorsAngelo P. Giardino, Eileen R. Giardino
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781626186958, 1626186952
ISBN (Print)9781626186392, 1626186391
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


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