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2 The Anatatorium: A stereoscopic three- dimensional laboratory experience Timothy D. Wilson PhD Yang Ding Angela M Vandenbogaard Nicholas Greven Peter Haase PhD Marjorie Johnson PhD Natatorium: Greek origins as a place for swimming. Anatatorium: Wilsonian origins as a place for anatomical experiences.

3 Is Our Anatomy Evolving?

4 Anatomy Students are Evolving gross anatomy isn’t just for medicine anymore health science students kinesiologists nurses physiotherapists occupational therapists communicative disorders clinicians anthropologists engineers plethora of others?

5 Conundrum? The hours spent in the gross anatomy lab is decreasing –Estimates of ~1000 hrs in 1950 to ~100 hrs today There is surge in retirement of gross anatomists without replacement (McCuskey, Acad Med. ‘05) –What will this do to a dwindling lab component? 57% of residency directors report their residents need a refresher course as 14% are seriously deficient (Cottam, Clin Anat ‘99) The three-dimensional aspects of learning anatomy require time for validation and reconstruction; can encompass 8 different intelligences. (Marks, Clin Anat ‘00) Increasing numbers of students require basic anatomical education for their chosen professions but costs (time, infrastructure, dwindling personnel) cannot offer a ‘classical’ anatomical experience.

6 Health Science students Kinesiology Nursing CSD Student Numbers are Increasing ~ students over the fall/winter terms - all profit from gross anatomy labs

7 Anatomy Teaching is Evolving -number of cadavers required is unsustainable. We would need ~150 per year.

8 Brief History of Image and Anatomy Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. View from the Window at Le Gras. ca1826. Charles Wheatstone ca 1838 Walt Disney et al. ca 1950 David Basset, 1954

9 A new approach for new labs? Using DICOM format data segmentation allows anatomical structures to be extracted, coloured, or highlighted at will. with quality scans, fine details are revealed (

10 A new approach for new labs?

11 Where’s the D? We amiably call our virtual model Frankendavre, many people, many parts and…IT’S ALIVE, ALIVE!

12 Data to follow Projects of Anatatorium Efficacy will ‘Frankendavre’ experiences accelerate &/or consolidate learning in the gross lab along with plastic modeling already in use? will this virtual model enhance learning, and retention in undergrad students, meds, dents, professional schools, residents? will the Anatatorium be an important adjunct to dissection in the future? can it start to fill the void and attract future anatomists and new research directions?

13 Acknowledgements Big thanks to NWA for not accepting my bag! ITRC - Instructional Technology Resource Centre Christie Digital of Canada The students and TAs who have worked hard to figure this software out and use it in their labs. Terry Peters, Robarts Research Institute, UWO for the use of his portable stereoscopic projector. Thank You for your attention!

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15 The Future is Coming Where we go with it is up to you!

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