AAA 2013 Education & Teaching Sessions

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Master Class: Team Based Learning in Anatomy Curriculum

Chair: Mary Bee (Oakland Univ. William Beaumont School of Medicine/UDM)

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching


Team Based Learning (TBL) is one of the most highly regarded forms of group-oriented instruction due to its innovative, engaging, and accountable format. Many medical, dental, and health professional institutions have turned to using this pedagogical approach with great success. A fundamental understanding of TBL, including the five core elements of this novel approach, will be discussed.  Speakers will present information on the growing body of evidence that TBL is effective and correlates with student scores from traditional departmental tests and national tests like NBME shelf exams and USMLE Step 1. The use of technology and team-produced drawings within TBL sessions is described as well as the logistics of overseeing the facilitation of multiple TBL sessions by a large number of clinicians. Speakers describe a shift from traditionally taught anatomy to replacing all lectures with TBL and a modified TBL approach. The audience will be provided with a solid understanding of the concept and application of TBL in the anatomical sciences.

  • Gary Nieder (Wright State Univ.)
    Fundamentals of Team-based Learning and How it Can Work in Teaching Anatomy
  • Nagaswami Vasan (Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)
    Team-based Learning: Pedagogy for the 21st Century-Effective, Efficient and Economical
  • Todd Hoagland (Medical College of Wisconsin)
    Successes and Pitfalls of Teaching Medical Gross Anatomy Via Only Team-based Learning and Lab

Educational Community Outreach: Get Inspired and get out There! [Hybrid Symposium]

Chair: Barb Puder (Samuel Merritt Univ.)

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching


Have you:  1. Always wanted to use your expertise to educate the community?  2.  Want to establish a relationship with your area K-12 schools and community groups?  3.  Need to fulfill your service requirements for promotion?   IF you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, attend the Educational Community Outreach symposium.  Invited speakers will discuss their community outreach programs and provide suggestions to help you design, organize, and establish outreach programs locally, nationally, or globally - so you can get inspired and get out there!!

  • Samuel Marquez (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
    Anatomy Education Day: A Global Outreach

Current Research on Curricular Changes and Their Impact on Student Knowledge

Chair: Richard Drake (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching
Co-sponsored by Anatomical Sciences Education


Over the past decade significant medical school curricular changes have altered and are altering medical student education related to the anatomical sciences. How have these changes affected the students' knowledge of anatomy? This symposium will discuss current research studies that will provide insight into how curricular changes are impacting student knowledge in the anatomical sciences.

  • Jennifer McBride (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)
    Current Curricular Trends in the Anatomical Sciences: The 2012 Survey
  • Wojciech Pawlina (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine)
    Duration of Anatomy Courses and Performance on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Examinations: Is There a Relationship?
  • Richard Drake (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)
    Retention of Anatomical Knowledge: Impact of Current Curricular Approaches

Refresher Course: Histology Teaching - Past, Present & Future

Chair: Robert Ogilvie (Medical Univ. of South Carolina)
Robert McCuskey (Univ. of Arizona)

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching


This symposium will chronicle the evolution of how medical histology is taught from the early days of the medical education in the United States highlighting the influence of technology, mission, financing, changes in educational theory and changes in medical practice.  The session will continue with a presentation of the challenges of teaching histology in integrated curricula in the present era and conclude with a presentation of a fully online histology course for undergraduate students at the junior / senior level and graduate students in a university.

  • Robert Bloodgood (Univ. of Virginia)
    The History of Medical Histology Teaching: Where Have We Come From and Where are We Going?
  • Helen Amerongen (Univ. of Arizona)
    Teaching Histology in Integrated Curricula: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Robert Ogilvie (Univ. of South Carolina)
    A Modern Distributed Learning Histology Course with Virtual Lectures and Labs

Curricular Integration: How Has It Affected Teaching and Learning in Gross Anatomy?

Chair: Virginia Lyons (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching


In recent years many medical schools have moved from a traditional discipline-based model of basic science teaching to an integrated format.  Many investigators have reported on the process of incorporating gross anatomy into an integrated curriculum, but information on outcomes is limited.  What has the effect been on the gross anatomy curriculum and students’ performance in the discipline?  Has the change affected faculty morale and job satisfaction?  Is the dissection process more challenging in an integrated curriculum?  What are the benefits of the integrated curriculum? Are there problems schools have encountered that could be avoided by others? In this symposium we will explore these questions by hearing from three individuals whose programs are in different phases of the transition to an integrated curriculum.

  • Todd Hoagland (Medical College of Wisconsin)
    Transitioning to an Integrated Curriculum: Challenges, Opportunities and Student Performance in Gross Anatomy
  • William Adamas-Rappaport (Univ. of Arizona)
    The Challenge of Teaching Anatomy in a Organ-based Curriculum: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned
  • Jonathan Wisco (Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
    Extreme Makeover - Anatomy Edition: How a Paradigm Shift in Pedagogy Reshaped an Anatomy Program

Teaching Innovations in Anatomy I (Platform Session)

Chair: Jon Jackson (Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching, Platform


Platform sessions are made up of six 15-minute oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts.  Abstracts will programmed by the end of Dec 2012. 

Teaching Innovations in Anatomy II (Platform Session)

Chair: Mark Hankin (Oakland Univ. William Beaumont School of Medicine/UDM)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Topic Category:

Education & Teaching, platform session


Platform sessions are made up of six 15-minute oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts.  Abstracts will programmed by the end of Dec 2012.

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