The National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition: a success story of an innovative student-faculty partnership

The National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition: a success story of an innovative student-faculty partnership

Sam Hall,  University of Southampton - Download slides here

The first annual National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition (NUNC) was run in 2013 as a student initiated partnership between medical students and faculty members of the Centre For Learning Anatomical Sciences, University of Southampton. Its aim was to provide medical students from throughout the UK with the opportunity to further their interests in the neurosciences, develop their portfolios and act an educational tool for their own learning. The NUNC runs on a single day and integrates practical and written examinations with guest lectures.

Method:

Competitors at the NUNC were invited to complete an anonymous paper based Likert-style questionnaire evaluating the students’ attitudes towards the event, their careers and learning neuroanatomy.

Results:

One hundred and eighty two students from 29 of the UK’s 33 medical schools have attended the NUNC over its first three years. The competitors felt that prizes were very important for their future careers with a rating of 3.8/5 however 57% had never entered a prize contest before. One hundred percent of competitors would recommend this event to their peers.

Conclusion:

The partnership between medical students and faculty on the NUNC organising committee has created an innovative event that successfully meets the needs of UK medical students interested in clinical neuroscience careers