Simulation. Innovation! Exasperation? Education: Lessons Learned with the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table

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Brief Abstract

Presenters will highlight best practices, exam outcomes and student perceptions on the use of the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table for teaching anatomy and pathology.


Kim is the Anderson Distinguished Professor and the Associate Director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been involved in sonography education at UNMC since 1991 and has served as the Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography education program since 1998. Kim is a Fellow in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, currently serving on its board of directors, the SDMS Foundation and multiple committees. She is an active member of the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. She has authored more than 40 publications related to sonographic clinical practice and education and has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. Her research interests include open book testing, mindfulness in the classroom, and simulation in medical education.
Tanya Custer is an assistant professor in the Division of Radiation Science Technology Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Tanya’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Science Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center studying both radiography and radiation therapy. In 2009, Tanya earned a Master of Science Degree in Leadership Education with a specialization in Distance Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Tanya held positions as both a staff radiation therapist and a clinical education coordinator prior to becoming faculty at UNMC in 2006. Tanya is active in the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologist currently serving as President Elect and student bowl coordinator. In the past she has held board positions as nominations chair and advisory board member. She is currently serving as the NSRT affiliate delegate to the ASRT House of Delegates and has held the position of alternate delegate in years prior. Tanya has lectured at numerous local, state, regional and national conferences over the past several years. Her research interests include the role of the radiologic technologists in the treatment of the Ebola patient, using the flipped classroom in the education of imaging science students, using the Anatomage Virtual dissection table in the education of imaging science students and instructional technology and distance education for imaging science education.

Extended Abstract

The use of interactive technology in medical education is constantly evolving and increasing. There is very limited data in the literature in regard to how the use of this technology is impacting students' learning. Over the past year, faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have implemented the Anatomage Virtual Dissention Table and Invivo5 software into the curriculum to improve educational practices and outcomes for imaging science students. The Anatomage Table is a life-size virtual dissection table that displays gross anatomy models reconstructed from cadavers or data from computed tomography (CT) scans. The accompanying Invivo5 software allows for the creation of case studies from CT and magnetic resonance (MR) images imported via DICOM files. Anatomy can be presented in 3D format and in coronal, axial, sagittal or user-defined planes. As the technology was incorporated into courses, data was collected on students' exam scores and perceptions and beliefs related to the implementation of this technology. This presentation will highlight best practices, exam outcome data and perceptions related to the use of the interactive technology in the education of imaging science students. IRB exempt status was granted for this educational research project.

After completion of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
1) Describe how the Anatomage Table supports a learner centered/interactive classroom.
2) Describe specific examples of how the Anatomage Table can be incorporated into the education of imaging science students.
3) Summarize data gathered based on best practices, student perceptions and learning outcomes when incorporating the Anatomage Table into the curriculum.

As part of the presentation, the attendees will have the ability to access and work through an interactive e-Learning module based on abdominal aortic aneurysms which was created using Articulate Storyline2 Software along with the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table. The module begins with a review of anatomy through the use of virtual gross anatomy images. Based on prior experience and knowledge, participants may choose to "test out" of the anatomy section by taking a short quiz within the module. Articulate Software offers an interactive, student-centered learning experience that helps the participants associate risk factors and clinical symptoms with the pathology. Participants will have the ability to scroll through or manipulate the CT or MR DICOM data in both the 2D and 3D formats. Various pathology-based case reports are also included in the module. The aim of the module is to develop higher order thinking skills (application, integration, synthesis) which will make the learning process more applicable to the clinical setting as opposed to simply memorizing factual data. The e-Learning modules can also be used in conjunction with a flipped classroom approach. Participants will want to bring their device to participate.