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Current perspectives on the role of body painting in medical education

Authors Finn GM

Received 18 May 2018

Accepted for publication 31 July 2018

Published 25 September 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 701—706

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S142212

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder


Gabrielle M Finn

Health Professions Education Unit, Hull York Medical School, University of York, York, UK

Abstract: Body painting is a popular teaching and learning tool within medical education. Art-based approaches, such as body painting, allow students to learn in a fun and engaging manner. They are particularly useful for students who struggle with cadaveric study of anatomy. Body painting is not only limited to use for anatomical study, but it can also be beneficial as a mechanism for introducing clinical examination and associated communication skills. The use of vibrant color adds to its appeal and is often cited as the mechanism through which students effectively learn.

Keywords: anatomy, medical education, art, surface anatomy, body painting, medical student

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