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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Assessment Of Long-Term Retention Of Human Anatomy Knowledge And Skills Among Modern-Day Health Science Students

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Avanianban Chakkarapani, Matthew Liau Pei Sheng



Knowledge retention, basic sciences, health science students



This study explored the long-term retention of basic science knowledge and the ability to understand and make use of basic science in explaining a clinical scenario in the final year of medical school. A sample of 54 senior health science students was reassessed using the same human anatomy examination paper they had taken 3 years earlier. This was followed by an in-depth interview on one of the topics taken from the test. Their respective level of knowledge was compared with their performance in the interview. The test was analyzed according to the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, and the interviews carried out according to the phenomenographic approach. The findings of the study depicted that there was poor retention of knowledge among health science students. Whereas the comparison among the health science disciplines, the findings showed that there was no difference in knowledge retention among the physiotherapy, nursing and traditional Chinese medicine students. Findings suggest a substantial loss of basic science knowledge during clinical training. Attention should be directed to designing assessment methods that are purposeful for health science graduates as well as how that knowledge should be acquired and retained lifelong throughout their clinical practice.



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