TOTB-05: THE (RE)EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATORS: TEACHING ANATOMY
Jay Crutchfield, MD FACS; School of Osteopathic Medicine (Arizona) of AT Still University
What problem in education is addressed by this work?:Current anatomical education still, mostly, relies on cadaveric dissection. The aim is to invigorate the anatomy education of medical students and surgical residents by teaching anatomy through surgical videos, CT and MR Scans, ultrasound, and cross-sectional anatomy, through the use of a highly functional "virtual" anatomy laboratory.
Describe the intervention:
The purpose of all educational interventions directed at a clinically-oriented anatomy curriculum is to introduce the student, at any level, the importance of cross-sectional anatomy and regional anatomy--especially in curricula moving towards integration of the basic and clinical sciences. We use various 3D programs to teach anatomy, along with surgical videos, and other tools to reinforce the students understanding of clinically-relevant anatomy--which is deemed more useful to the student and/or resident than classic anatomical instruction.
Describe how this intervention could be applied at other institutions. Please specifically comment on identified barriers that could exist and how they could be overcome:
The institution must be open-minded to the various modalities available to change the presentation of classic anatomy vs. surgical anatomy. If your institution does not have clinicians involved with the majority of anatomical teaching and curriculum development, failure to introduce new methods, beyond cadaveric dissection, are doomed for failure.