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The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of a newly designed interactive method of teaching clinically relevant anatomy to medical students on the OB/GYN clerkship. A 20-question multiple-choice exam was administered to 143 consenting third-year medical students at the beginning and end of each OB/GYN rotation. Students participated in a skills lab with preparatory e-modules that linked anatomy to clinical applications during each rotation. Topics included perineal muscle anatomy (laceration), anterior abdominal wall anatomy (cesarean section), vulvovaginal and uterine anatomy (IUD), and pelvic organ, vasculature, and neural anatomy (hysterectomy). Mean scores improved significantly after the nesting of interactive modules, increasing from 55.1% to 67.4% (p<0.001). In comparing mean scores from questions that were covered in the e-modules (intervention) and questions that were not covered in the e-modules (non-intervention), students improved significantly after receiving an intervention (9.4% difference; p<0.001). Therefore, completing the clerkship without an intervention did not yield significant improvement in relevant anatomical knowledge, compared to intervention. Thus, nesting anatomical science into the clinical curriculum through preparatory e-modules and hands-on anatomy lab sessions may improve clinically-significant anatomy knowledge. This data may be used to increase longitudinal integration of the various disciplines across the undergraduate medical curriculum.

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Poster presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2015 (March 28 - 31); Location: Boston, MA.

Author Artin Galoosian was nominated as a platform award finalist and given the opportunity to give an oral presentation.