The gross anatomy course is a crucial required course in medical schools. In Taiwan, most medical schools held related rituals and activities for the gross anatomy course, in order to develop students' medical humanity. Taipei Medical University designs the activity of interviewing donator or donator's family members in the course. With quantitative and qualitative methods, this study investigated the effect of 160 medical students who participated the interviewing. The questionnaire battery in this study included subscale of Love and Care, and subscale of Attitude Towards Death in the Scale of Attitude Towards Life, Learning Effectiveness of Gross Anatomy Laboratory Scale, and Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy--Student Version. Textual data from students' reflective writing and focused group interview were processed through content and template analysis. The quantitative results showed that after interviewing donator or donator's family members, students' three scores, Love and Care, Attitude Towards Death, and Learning Effectiveness of Gross Anatomy Laboratory Scale, were significantly higher, yet the scores in Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy was significantly lower. The qualitative results showed that students were positively influences by interviewing donator or donator's family members among all four dimensions, which included love and care, attitude towards death, learning effectiveness of the course, and empathy. Arranging medical students to interview donator or their family members increases students' medical humanity, however, Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy seemed unable to reflect this change.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Medical Humanities in Gross Anatomy Course: the Example of Interviewing Donator's Family Members|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - May 2019|
- interviewing donator's family members
- attitude towards death
- love and care