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Publications [#49858] of Ann C. Zumwalt

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  1. A.C. Zumwalt, Marks, L.M., Halperin, E.C.. "Integration of Gross Anatomy into a Clinical Oncology Curriculum." Academic Medicine (2006). (In press)
    (last updated on 2006/10/23)

    The amount of time devoted to teaching gross anatomy to medical students is declining. This topic remains critically important for some medical students, especially those seeking training in anatomy-laden specialties. We describe here a course currently being offered in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Duke University School of Medicine which expands anatomy education into the medical school clinical years. The audience for this course consists of medical students rotating in Radiation Oncology (n=2-4 per month) and the residents (n=9) and clinical faculty (n=17) in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Anatomists and Radiation Oncology residents together present monthly case conferences and cadaver-based demonstrations about the relationships between a tumor’s anatomical location and its symptoms, patterns of spread and treatment considerations. Anonymous surveys were distributed to course participants to assess the success of the course. Survey results indicate that the participants find the course to be interesting, relevant and of high quality. This course is therefore favored by students, residents and faculty as a way to supplement gross anatomy education during training for a specialty in which anatomy knowledge is essential.

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