Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 203–207 | Cite as

Problem based teaching and learning as a bridge from basic anatomy to clinical clerkships

  • S. Percac
  • D. A. Goodenough


This article describes a Clinical Anatomy course designed to bridge basic anatomy with clinical clerkships. It is given in the second year, after the traditional dissecting anatomy course. Students revisit anatomy during small group discussions of clinical cases. An example of a case is described together with a summary of a typical group process stimulated by the case. The group process enables students to develop clinical thinking and problem solving skills fundamental to clinical practice. They learn to search for medical knowledge resources, and to work in teams. The tutor evaluates the students’ progress based on their knowledge building, problem solving and development of their interpersonal skills. Problem based learning in this interdisciplinary anatomy course allows students and faculty both horizontal and vertical integration within the curriculum.

Key words

Medical education Anatomy 


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© Springer-Verlag France 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Percac
    • 1
    • 3
  • D. A. Goodenough
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Cell BiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.ZagrebCroatia

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