Dr. Deborah Marquardt

Dr. Deborah Marquardt

Dr. Deborah Marquardt, Assistant Professor, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, was awarded the Association of American Medical College Western Group on Educational Affairs (WEGA) mini-grant for her project “Tailoring Anatomy Review in Core Clinical Clerkships: A Needs Assessment.” The WGEA “seeks to promote scholarship in medical education that examines interventions, modalities, and educational content created within the Western region.”

“This project grew out of many observations of challenges medical students and junior residents from many specialties were having it recalling and utilizing previously learned anatomy knowledge in the process of their surgery clerkship and daily work,” said Dr. Marquardt.

“Concurrent with my observations that lead to the idea for this project, there is an ongoing initiative nationally to create greater vertical integration of basic science information into core clinical clerkships. However, there is little to no literature that has investigated the best way to do this, (i.e. no road map to the destination). Our project aims to gain insight into how to best integrate a basic science core topic (anatomy) into core clinical clerkships in a tailored, and realistic way to meet the needs of students and the demands and limitations of clerkships. We anticipate this this will not only provide insight and direction for greater anatomy integration but will also provide a template that may be used to integrate other core basic science subjects in the future as well.”

Dr. Marquardt continues, “this project is being mentored through the Association of Surgical Education’s Surgery Education Research Fellowship in which I am currently participating.”