AAA is hosting a pair of “Pivot to Fall 2020” webinars presented by the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons (AACBNC) and the Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairpersons (AMSNDC) to help anatomy educators succeed in delivering engaging instruction and experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are free and open access. Following the live event, AAA members get exclusive access to the on-demand recording.
Developing Soft Clinical Skills in Remote/Hybrid Anatomy Lab
The lab experience within the anatomical sciences reaches far beyond the identification of structures to often provide the foundational framework for the development of the “intangible” clinical skills. Even in a remote or hybrid lab learning environment, the development of “soft” skills such as communication, empathy, and problem-solving can still be implemented through the anatomical sciences curriculum. Join us as we discuss mechanisms for preserving the humanistic aspect of the anatomy lab along with adaptations and innovations for small group work to incorporate numerous opportunities for “intangible” skills development across the disciplines of anatomical sciences.
This webinar is free and open access for both members and nonmembers.
Dr. Lauren Butaric is an associate professor of Anatomy at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. At DMU, she has taught anatomy and related courses in several programs, including to students in the Masters of Science in Anatomy, Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Masters of Physician Assistants, Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs. She has been actively involved in curricular innovation, including the initial integration of Ultrasound Technology, 3D printed models, and virtual dissections into the anatomy lab.
Dr. Nicole DeVaul has a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the Brody School of Medicine where she first started teaching as a tutor and teaching assistant. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH, she continued teaching and designed a histology course for the postbaccalaureate fellows. Dr. DeVaul is currently an assistant professor in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department of The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she is also the assistant director of the anatomy graduate program. She teaches Gross Anatomy throughout the medical school and is the Histology Discipline lead for the medical, graduate, and undergraduate histology courses. She also serves as the Reproductive-Endocrine Co-Block director for the medical curriculum. Her medical education interests include analyzing different types of preparatory work and the use of podcasts for exam reviews along with creating innovative approaches to teaching. Dr. DeVaul has been teaching online due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, tweaking and creating content to fit the online learning environment with her graduate, undergraduate, and physician assistant students. She has used these experiences to design a fall histology online curriculum for the medical and graduate students.
Dr. Nicole R. Herring is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville. She is also the Director of the Willed Body Program and the Robert Acland Fresh Tissue Laboratory at UofL. She is the course director for Dental Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy and serves as a block and thread director for the Clinical Anatomy, Development, and Physical Exam course in the medical curriculum.
Dr. Lynne Opperman, Texas A&M College of Dentistry
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