The forgotten foot - An assessment of foot and ankle radiograph pathology in final year medical students

P. J. Groarke, J. C. Kelly, Eoin Flanagan, M. M. Stephens

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Abstract

Introduction: It has been shown that doctors in Emergency Departments (EDs) have inconsistent knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy. This is most likely due to a deficiency in focused musculoskeletal modules at undergraduate level in medical school. The aims of this study were to evaluate the knowledge of final year medical students on foot anatomy and common foot and ankle pathology as seen on radiographs. Methods: Final year medical students were asked to complete our short examination on a handout. The handout was anonymous and non-mandatory. There were four images. The first image is the anatomical section and the remaining images are the pathological section. Results: All 235 students responded. 57% were females. For the identification of the normal bones of the foot as shown on an X-ray, the average score for the group was 2.69 (out of a maximum of 6) {SD 1.67}7. Only 8.3% achieved a 6/6 or 100% grade i.e. recognising all six bones correctly. A further 8.3% achieved 5/6 (83%). 8.3% failed to correctly identify any bone seen on the X-ray, a corresponding score of 0. Discussion: This quick test showed normal anatomy of the foot and common pathology. One would expect final year medical students to be familiar with, especially two weeks before their finals in surgery. The curriculum should address the paucity of time spent in educating students in foot and ankle pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalSurgeon
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Medical Students
Ankle
Foot
Pathology
Anatomy
Foot Bones
X-Rays
Students
Bone and Bones
Prothrombin Time
Medical Schools
Curriculum
Hospital Emergency Service

Keywords

  • Ankle
  • Education
  • Foot
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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The forgotten foot - An assessment of foot and ankle radiograph pathology in final year medical students. / Groarke, P. J.; Kelly, J. C.; Flanagan, Eoin; Stephens, M. M.

In: Surgeon, Vol. 13, No. 5, 01.10.2015, p. 241-244.

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Groarke, P. J. ; Kelly, J. C. ; Flanagan, Eoin ; Stephens, M. M. / The forgotten foot - An assessment of foot and ankle radiograph pathology in final year medical students. In: Surgeon. 2015 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 241-244.
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