Virtual dissection table: A supplemental learning aid for a physical therapy anatomy course

Date

2022

Authors

Rosario, Martin G.

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Publisher

Mehmet Akif OCAK

Abstract

While cadaver dissection and prosection are deemed quintessential methods for studying anatomy, these methods are attenuated by the flat, 2-D structures incorporated into didactic segments of the anatomy courses that minimize students’ ability to comprehend anatomy, leading to constraints in the teaching and learning experience. Several tools, such as 3-D virtual anatomy apps and anatomical models, enhance teaching and students’ understanding of gross human anatomy. The Anatomage, a virtual anatomy dissection table (VDT), is a compelling technological development with dissection capabilities and a prosection of the human body and its segments. This study intends to explore incorporating a VDT into a physical therapy anatomy course as an enhanced anatomical learning technique. The methods encompass the inclusion of the VDT as an extra dissection table within the cadaver lab setting. Each group of scholars was required to locate the anatomical configurations and dissections assigned to the topic on the VDT. The anatomy course included four examinations covering the entire human body. The results suggest advancements in knowledge retention following the incorporation of VDT in the cadaver dissection portion of the course. Therefore, we ascertained that the VDT is an exemplary tool to adopt in anatomy courses to aid in the comprehension of complex anatomical structures. Integrating VDT is paramount to the assimilation and application of human anatomy in students’ future health careers.

Description

Article originally published in Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age, 7(1), 10-15. Published online 2022. https://doi.org/10.53850/joltida.884992.

Keywords

Virtual dissection table, Physical therapy, Anatomy teaching, Teaching and learning experience, Technology

Citation

This is a published version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.53850/joltida.884992. Recommended citation: Rosario, M. G. (2022). Virtual dissection table: A supplemental learning aid for a physical therapy anatomy course. Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age, 7(1), 10-15. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.