Investigation of medical faculty students’ views on cadaver and cadaver teaching in anatomy Étude du ressenti d’étudiants en médecine sur le cadavre et son usage dans l'enseignement de l'anatomie

Tugtag Demir B., Altintas H., Bilecenoglu B.

Morphologie, vol.107, no.356, pp.47-54, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107 Issue: 356
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.morpho.2022.03.004
  • Journal Name: Morphologie
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-54
  • Keywords: Anatomy education, Cadaver, Medical students
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Purpose: Cadaver education in anatomy is one of the cornerstones of medical school education. The primary purpose of this study is to determine the importance of cadaver education from the students’ point of view by examining the effect of cadaver education on learning the anatomy course. In this study, the perspectives of second-term medical students who received or did not receive anatomy education with cadavers, on cadavers and on anatomy education with cadavers were investigated. Methods: The study was carried out with a total of 116 (66 females and 50 males) second-term medical faculty students. Participants were divided into 2 groups; the first group (n = 56) consisted of students who learned anatomy with cadavers, while the second group (n = 60) included students who had never seen a cadaver and learned anatomy through atlas and models. Results: As a result, it was determined that the students in both groups thought that there should be cadavers in anatomy education and education with cadavers would accelerate and facilitate the learning process of anatomy. It was also determined that, the students who received anatomy education with cadaver were psychologically affected by the cadaver compared to those who did not, and they thought that the cadaver was less effective in gaining a physician identity (P < 0.05). Conclusion: When the results of the study are evaluated, it is revealed that the anatomy course is difficult, but the education given on the cadaver significantly facilitates learning and makes it more attractive.