Educational tool publishes medical and dental study aids

May 4, 2017  //  FOUND IN: News

The SecondLook™ Series, an award-winning educational tool that fosters self-review and evaluation, is expanding beyond Histology to include mobile applications for musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroanatomy and oral radiology.

Featuring professionally-drawn illustrations and high-quality anatomy and radiographic images, the SecondLook™ Series helps medical and dental students quickly review their knowledge and recognition skills, as well as uncover deficiencies in their preparation before taking tests. This didactic approach thrives on active learning using technology and electronic devices (computers, tablets, and smartphones) to give students immediate feedback. The apps are also useful when preparing for class or a medical licensing exam.

The technology behind the SecondLook™ Series was developed in collaboration with Michael Hortsch, Ph.D., associate professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and associate professor of Learning Health Sciences, and Education and Training/Health Information Technology & Services (HITS). The project was made possible in part by a “Teaching with Technology Institute” award from the U-M Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). Hortsch received the U-M provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize in 2013.

The musculoskeletal anatomy SecondLook™ Series app helps users assess their knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system. Images for the app were captured using the U-M plastinated, osteology and embalmed anatomy specimen collections. This series was authored by John Stribley, Ph.D., of the Department of Surgery, Division of Anatomical Sciences, and med student Virginia Sheffield.

The neuroanatomy SecondLook™ Series app uses neuroanatomical images to evaluate users’ knowledge of the human central nervous system. U-M Stamps School of Art and Design student Ellen Kim created the drawings, while the U-M plastinated anatomy collection provided the image material in this app. Portions of the series were authored by Hortsch; Kelli Sullivan, Ph.D., a lecturer in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Anatomical Sciences; and Chelsea Cummiford, U-M neuroscience graduate student.

The oral radiology SecondLook™ Series app helps dental sciences students self-test their knowledge of and ability to recognize technical errors, anatomical structures, dental disease and maxillofacial pathology. Content for this app was developed in conjunction with the U-M School of Dentistry, including Erika Benavides, D.D.S., a clinical associate professor from the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, and dental students Anna Caplis and Jacob Fischer.

The original SecondLook™ Series Histology app was authored by Hortsch and provides a series of slides for users to self-test their knowledge of and ability to recognize histological structures. Since its release in the iTunes Store in 2014, SecondLook™ Series mobile apps have been downloaded more than 24,000 times in more than 140 countries.

All of the apps are available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

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