Anatomical Society core regional anatomy syllabus for undergraduate medicine: the Delphi process

Smith, C F, Finn, G M, Stewart, J and McHanwell, S (2015) Anatomical Society core regional anatomy syllabus for undergraduate medicine: the Delphi process. Journal of Anatomy, 228 (1). pp. 2-14. ISSN 0021-8782

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A modified Delphi method was employed to seek consensus when revising the UK and Ireland's core syllabus for regional anatomy in undergraduate medicine. A Delphi panel was constructed involving ‘expert’ (individuals with at least 5 years’ experience in teaching medical students anatomy at the level required for graduation). The panel (n = 39) was selected and nominated by members of Council and/or the Education Committee of the Anatomical Society and included a range of specialists including surgeons, radiologists and anatomists. The experts were asked in two stages to ‘accept’, ‘reject’ or ‘modify’ (first stage only) each learning outcome. A third stage, which was not part of the Delphi method, then allowed the original authors of the syllabus to make changes either to correct any anatomical errors or to make minor syntax changes. From the original syllabus of 182 learning outcomes, removing the neuroanatomy component (163), 23 learning outcomes (15%) remained unchanged, seven learning outcomes were removed and two new learning outcomes added. The remaining 133 learning outcomes were modified. All learning outcomes on the new core syllabus achieved over 90% acceptance by the panel.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: abdomen; anatomical concepts; arm; consensus; curriculum; Delphi study; experience; head; human; learning; leg; medical education; medical society; medical specialist; medical student; neck; outcome assessment; pelvis; perineum; priority journal; professional standard; radiologist; regional anatomy; Review; spine; surgeon; teaching; thorax
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Elizabeth Morris
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 09:35
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 13:00

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