Development of a synergistic case-based microanatomy curriculum

Authors

  • Jennifer M. McBride,

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    1. Department of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Department of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic 9500 Euclid Ave. NA/24 Cleveland, OH 44195, USA
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  • Richard A. Prayson

    1. Department of Anatomic Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
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Abstract

This paper discusses the development of an interactive approach to teaching and assessing a microanatomy curriculum in an innovative medical school program. As an alternative to lectures and labs, students are engaged in interactive seminars focused on discussion of clinical and research-based cases matched with normal histology and pathology slides. A virtual microscopic system is used rather than the traditional glass slide and light microscope. Evaluation of student performance consists of self-assessment board style questions, concept appraisal problems, and utilization of a portfolio system where the assessment pieces are continuously integrated as part of written formative and summative assessments. Anat Sci Ed 1:102–105, 2008. © 2008 American Association of Anatomists.

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