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Design and development of a new facility for teaching and research in clinical anatomy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19217068     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article discusses factors in the design, commissioning, project management, and intellectual property protection of developments within a new clinical anatomy facility in the United Kingdom. The project was aimed at creating cost-effective facilities that would address widespread concerns over anatomy teaching, and support other activities central to the university mission-namely research and community interaction. The new facilities comprise an engaging learning environment and were designed to support a range of pedagogies appropriate to the needs of healthcare professionals at different stages of their careers. Specific innovations include integrated workstations each comprising of a dissection table, with removable top sections, an overhead operating light, and ceiling-mounted camera. The tables incorporate waterproof touch-screen monitors to display images from the camera, an endoscope or a database of images, videos, and tutorials. The screens work independently so that instructors can run different teaching sessions simultaneously and students can progress at different speeds to suit themselves. Further, database access is provided from within an integrated anatomy and pathology museum and display units dedicated to the correlation of cross-sectional anatomy with medical imaging. A new functional neuroanatomy modeling system, called the BrainTower, has been developed to aid integration of anatomy with physiology and clinical neurology. Many aspects of the new facility are reproduced within a Mobile Teaching Unit, which can be driven to hospitals, colleges, and schools to provide appropriate work-based education and community interaction.
John Richard T Greene
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anatomical sciences education     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1935-9780     ISO Abbreviation:  Anat Sci Educ     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-03     Completed Date:  2009-05-28     Revised Date:  2010-09-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101392205     Medline TA:  Anat Sci Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  34-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2009 American Association of Anatomists
Department of Anatomy, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Anatomy / education*,  instrumentation
Biomedical Research*
Community-Institutional Relations
Computer Simulation
Equipment Design
Facility Design and Construction*
Great Britain
Intellectual Property
Models, Anatomic
Neuroanatomy / education
User-Computer Interface
Comment In:
Anat Sci Educ. 2009 Jul-Aug;2(4):195; author reply 196-7   [PMID:  19598205 ]

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