Applied Learning of Anatomy and Physiology: Virtual Dissection Tables within Medical and Health Sciences Education

Satheesha Nambiar Periya, Christian Moro

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Anatomy and physiology are core subjects in medical and health science programs which students often find relatively challenging compared to other disciplines. Although dissection of cadavers remains the main teaching method utilised to teach human anatomy,a range of interactive multimedia modules and virtual visualization software and devices have become available to supplement learning in these areas. Studying anatomy and physiology via three-dimensional (3D) visual models is becoming increasingly prevalent,as is the quality of instruction available through the use of virtual dissections. Virtual dissection tables are a recent entry to the options that medical and health science program shave when considering learning tools for their students. However, with the range of novel tools available, many educators find that choosing which new technologies to adopt in the classroom or teaching laboratories can become overly complicated, with the risk of some technologies becoming distracting or not always effective for their students. It is also difficult to find concise, evidence-based reviews of upcoming technology, making the onus on program leads to identify which technology or modern devices may be most suitable for learning within their institution, without ever having utilised many of the devices on offer. As such, this article aims to provide benefits and limitations of virtual dissection tables, outline the recent literature surrounding applications of this technology,and provide insights for institutions seeking to consider virtual dissection tables. This article focuses on informing educators towards possible use-cases for these devices to assist with considerations of which new technologies to consider for use medical and health science programs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages6
JournalThe Bangkok Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019


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