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Cutting-Edge Tool for Virtual Dissection

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 9:51am
Nanyang Technological University

Indepth look into the colon using the Anatomage.Students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will be the first in Southeast Asia to do virtual dissection on the latest Anatomage Table, which offers an interactive 3D experience.

Also in use at Imperial College London, the Anatomage Table offers an unprecedented realistic visualisation of full body, life-size anatomy in 3D. Its intuitive touch operation allows students, for example, to use a virtual knife to remove layers of tissue or to view the body’s internal structures and at the same time to fully rotate the body, all with the swipe of a finger. Imported from the United States, it delivers accurate anatomic details and is widely acknowledged as an excellent tool for teaching anatomy.

“LKCMedicine is one of a few medical schools in the world to be using the Anatomage Table, and the only one in Southeast Asia. At Imperial we have been using it to great effect in research and clinical settings, and at LKCMedicine, the Table will be used primarily for anatomy education during the students’ first and second years.  Users can also upload their own patient data, for example from MRI or CT scans, to showcase to students real patient anatomy in a life-size scale. The Anatomage Table may also be used for clinical and residency training in the future,” said Dean Professor Dermot Kelleher.

Singapore’s newest medical school, jointly set up by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London, is ready for its first intake of students in August this year.

The school has a complete first-year curriculum in place for its five-year programme, which places a lot of emphasis on team-based learning, simulation, the scientific basis of medicine and early clinical exposure, all to be enhanced by the use of interactive, multimedia applications.

Teaching materials to be used in the first-year timetable are being finalised and quality assured in London. These include voice-over PowerPoints, interactive eBooks, videos, and assessment materials for team-based learning. All materials can be viewed from iPads issued to each student, allowing them to study as they move between the school’s two campuses, hospitals and polyclinics.

Students will have exposure to patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital as well as other partner hospitals and polyclinics, while also learning through laboratory practicals at four teaching and research laboratories at NTU’s campus.

Over at Novena, where the second campus is located, new facilities for students include a 180-seat auditorium, a 60-seat seminar room for team-based learning, a student lounge as well as a medical library.

A support system for students has been established, with students assigned to one of five Houses, each with three tutors. The tutors have a professional background as a hospital-based clinician, a family physician, GP, or a scientist.

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has a dual campus, at NTU’s Yunnan Garden Campus and at Singapore’s new medical district in Novena, where its primary clinical partner, National Healthcare Group’s Tan Tock Seng Hospital is located.

For more information visit www.ntu.edu.sg.

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