The role of radiology in anatomy teaching in UK medical schools: a national survey.

18 Apr 2018

AIMS: To investigate the current use of radiology in anatomy teaching across the UK, and to determine the level of interest expressed in expanding its role in medical education. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 22-question electronic survey was distributed to the organisers of anatomy teaching at 35 UK medical schools. The questionnaire explored the use of radiology in their anatomy course, the different kinds of available resources, and attitudes towards integrating radiology into anatomy teaching. RESULTS: Responses were received from 29/35 (83%) medical schools. Among the respondents, radiological anatomy featured in all but one of their curricula. Of those schools using radiology to aid anatomy teaching, 20/28 expressed a wish for more radiology in the curriculum. Timetabling constraints constituted one of the main difficulties in further implementation. In addition, 22/28 medical schools had already fostered collaborative links with local radiology departments, with 18 of these expressing a wish for further cooperation. Of the remaining six schools without current collaboration, four would like to establish connections. CONCLUSION: Compared with previous studies, this national survey shows a definite increase in radiological anatomy in medical school curricula with a stronger presence of radiologists in anatomy teaching. Despite this, most anatomy departments still express a desire to increase the radiological component in their courses.