SAQs in Anatomy VG Sawant
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1SAQs in Anatomy2
3SAQs in Anatomy
2nd Edition
VG Sawant MS (ANAT) Professor of Anatomy Terna Medical College Nerul, Navi Mumbai Ex-Associate Professor of Anatomy Grant Medical College Mumbai
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SAQs in Anatomy
© 2005, VG Sawant
All rights reserved. No part of this publication should be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author and the publisher.
First Edition : 2003
Second Edition : 2005
Typeset at JPBMP typesetting unit
Printed at Lordson Publishers (P) Ltd, C-5/19, RP Bagh, Delhi 110 007
5Preface to the Second Edition
I have great pleasure in presenting the second edition of SAQs in Anatomy. I am thankful to all the students for their response to the first edition of the book, which was sold out within one year.
In the second edition, about 300 new SAQs, especially clinically oriented have been added. A new chapter on SAQs in Radiology has been added.
In spite of my best efforts some imperfections are bound to remain. Suggestions for improvement are welcome from both teachers and students.
VG Sawant6
7Preface to the First Edition
The changing trend in evaluation, i.e. from essay type questions to objective type questions is adapted by MCI and most of the medical universities. Objective type of questioning gives equal opportunity to all students and covers wider syllabus.
Short answer questions (SAQs) are objective type of questions which require answer in words or in shorter manner. SAQs are useful in measuring learning outcomes in the lower and middle level cognitive domain, i.e. knowledge comprehension, application and analysis. Therefore, in a medical curriculum where a student is required to be well aware of facts of life, disease and treatment, the SAQs can become a helpful tool to test their learning outcome.
While framing a SAQ, one should remember following things:
  1. Use simple language
  2. Use any one of the following formats:
    1. Question type.
    2. Enumerate the structures.
    3. Definition type.
    4. Draw and label the diagram.
    5. Reasoning type.
    6. Comparison between two.
  3. Do not ask SAQ in one or two words like a title of short note i.e. Biceps Brachii.
    This is a wrong SAQ as it is neither in question format nor in any one of formats which are mentioned above. The student does not know what specific answer he has to write. Instead the SAQ on the same topic can be framed in the following way.
    • Specify the joints at which Biceps Brachii acts. What are the movements produced by Biceps Brachii at these joints?
  4. Avoid use of negative beginning.8
The SAQs are asked in theory examination for 2 marks. So the answers should be written in shorter manner (In some of the clinically oriented SAQs, answers are little lengthy for understanding purpose, but students can write in shorter manner).
The SAQs included in this book, besides being asked in theory examination, are also most frequently asked in viva voce during practicals. In addition, answers to these SAQs will also help the students to answer MCQs on the same topic. Thus students will be doubly benefited.
Though this book is essentially for under-graduate students, it can be useful for the students preparing for postgraduate entrance examination. Constructive suggestions, healthy criticism and comments to improve this book are welcome from Anatomy teachers and students.
I thank Mr Joaquim Marques, Mr Gawde and Mr Uday of Jaypee Brothers, Mumbai branch for their help. I also wish to thank Mr RK Yadav, Director (publishing) for his help to publish this book.
VG Sawant