Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 8; Issue 2.3 (June 2020)

Page No.: 7572-7577

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2020.165


Uma SV.

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, SapthagiriInstitute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, No.15, Chikkasandra, Hesarghatta Main Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding author: Dr.Uma S.V, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, No.15,Chikkasandra, Hesarghatta main road, Bangalore-560090, Karnataka, India. Ph-0091-80-22188700/03 -0091-9986018610 Fax –080-28393404 E-Mail: drsvuma@gmail.com


Background: Surface anatomy has become very important in anatomy education in the recent decades. The main reason is that surface anatomy forms an obvious connection between basic gross anatomy and clinical practice, as it is the basis for physical examination. Learning methodologies used for surface anatomy includes practicing with cadavers, body painting, peer examination, living anatomy model etc. Live Body painting is an efficient learning tool which mainly helps the visual and kinesthetic learners. It also makes the students relaxed to have a fun filled way of learning which provided some relief to the students from text books. Due to various ethical, cultural and religious reasons live body painting could not be done for all regions in our setup, hence it has been modified as a cadaveric painting in the study. Earlier the method of learning the surface anatomy on cadavers requires the student to put in lot of efforts on memorizing the landmarks by surrounding the cadaver during the surface anatomy classes. The aim was to introduce the cadaveric painting to learn surface anatomy which forms the basis for physical examination in clinical practice.

Objectives: To evaluate the student’s feedback concerning their perception to the various aspects of cadaveric painting as a mode of learning surface anatomy and to evaluate the difference in the marks obtained by these students in surface marking in III internal( participated in cadaver painting) and those who haven’t participated in the study

Materials and methods: Eighty four, first year MBBS students were selected on voluntary basis to do cadaveric painting for the surface marking learning activity of abdominal region. Anonymous feedback regarding their perception of various aspects of cadaveric painting as a mode for learning surface anatomy through questionnaire was done. The mean rating for each item was calculated. Analysis done with SPSS version 16

Results: Majority of students were positive about using cadaveric painting for surface anatomy. Ninety three percent felt it was a powerful learning, 100% felt it motivated, and helped during exams. There was a significant difference in marks between the groups

Conclusion: Students perceived that cadaveric painting promoted meaningful learning and understanding of surface anatomy.

Key words: Anatomic body painting, surface anatomy, learning surface anatomy.


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Cite this article: Uma SV. STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS ON CADAVERIC PAINTING AS A METHOD FOR LEARNING SURFACE ANATOMY. Int J Anat Res 2020;8(2.3):7572-7577. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2020.165