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Development of an Educational Activity for First- and Second-Year Medical Students Using Cadaver Pathologies to Enhance Clinical Reasoning and Prepare for Entrustment in Providing Oral Case Presentations


Cadaver pathologies can be utilized as a basis for setting up clinical scenarios and making clinical connections. The pathology club of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, in collaboration with their faculty advisor and a biomedical science faculty member, developed a student-driven educational activity utilizing cadaver pathologies. In this article, we describe the utility of various educational strategies that help shift student learning from basic rote memorization to making connections with clinical practice in the design of this activity. The activity was created to enhance clinical reasoning, provide opportunity for peer teaching, and prepare for entrustment of providing oral presentation.

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The authors would like to thank the Office of the Human Gift Registry and anatomy staff members, Bobbi Morgan and Kevin McGraw, for their help and contributions to this project. Most importantly, the authors want to acknowledge the individuals who donated their bodies to the Human Gift Registry. Without their selfless gifts to advance the education and research of our students and faculty members, this project could not have been completed.

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Linsenmeyer, M., Fallon, N., Monfore, P. et al. Development of an Educational Activity for First- and Second-Year Medical Students Using Cadaver Pathologies to Enhance Clinical Reasoning and Prepare for Entrustment in Providing Oral Case Presentations. Med.Sci.Educ. 27, 391–399 (2017).

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  • Clinical reasoning
  • Entrustment
  • Anatomy
  • Cadaver
  • Case presentation
  • Oral presentation
  • Peer teaching