One size does not fit all in remote anatomy teaching

Welsh, M., Ferguson, E. , Sneddon, S. and Varsou, O. (2022) One size does not fit all in remote anatomy teaching. In: Varsou, O., Rea, P. M. and Welsh, M. (eds.) Biomedical Visualisation. Volume 14 ‒ COVID-19 Technology and Visualisation Adaptations for Biomedical Teaching. Series: Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 14 (1397). Springer: Cham, pp. 55-77. ISBN 9783031171345 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-17135-2_4)

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Anatomical knowledge is central to the advancement of biomedical research and clinical practice and provides the underpinning foundations for many clinical examinations and processes. Anatomy is a very practical and three-dimensional subject, requiring learners to be able to visualise structures within the body and how they interact with each other. Typically, this is taught through a combination of lectures and practical laboratories in which students can interact with human cadaveric material to gain an appreciation of real-life anatomy, often commenting on how these lab sessions really bring their lectures to life. Like so many things, the teaching of anatomy on university campuses became severely restricted with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Staff and students were no longer able to attend universities and body donation programmes were halted. This brought with it both challenges and opportunities to redevelop digital anatomy education. This chapter will discuss the different teaching approaches taken to delivery anatomy education at the University of Glasgow in three different programmes: (1) Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) degree in Anatomy, (2) the Glasgow Access to Medicine Programme (GAP), and (3) the undergraduate Bachelor degree in Medicine (MBChB). These three programmes were selected as they each teach anatomy to undergraduate students but the teaching methods, class sizes, and student backgrounds for each is very different. In discussing the different approaches taken and reflecting on staff and student feedback on these experiences, we hope to provide not just a record of the unprecedented and rapid changes to education during this time but also to offer some thoughts on how lessons might be learned as we return to on-campus teaching.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sneddon, Dr Sharon and Ferguson, Dr Eilidh and Varsou, Dr Ourania and Welsh, Dr Michelle
Authors: Welsh, M., Ferguson, E., Sneddon, S., and Varsou, O.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Published Online:17 December 2022

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