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 is a core subject within medical and health science education 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 learning modules and virtual visualization software and devices are available to supplement their use. Learning anatomy via 3D visual models is becoming increasingly prevalent with the use of virtual dissections. One available device, the Anatomage table, is a recent entry to the options that medical and health science anatomy program leads have when considering learning tools for their students. However, with this range of options now available, many educators find choosing which new technologies to adopt in the classroom or teaching laboratories 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 the curriculum 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 report aims to provide insights into possible uses for the Anatomage table, and outline the recent literature surrounding these applications of the technology. In addition, this report will describe of the functionality, modules and potential of the Anatomage Table to provide insights for institutions seeking to consider the Anatomage Table, or to compare this to similar options for innovative technologies within their clinical or science curricula. This report makes no recommendations on whether the Anatomage itself would act as a suitable tool and instead, focuses on informing educators on possible use-cases for this device, to assist with considerations of which new technologies to consider for use medical and health science programs.
LanguageEnglish
Article number21
Pages121-127
Number of pages6
JournalThe Bangkok Medical Journal
Volume15
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019

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