Use of Virtual Microscopy and Online Lecture Recording To Improve Preclinical Teaching
DS McClintock, SD Stern, AN Husain. University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Background: Medical students rely on web-based materials to augment their preclinical and clinical courses (Wikipedia, YouTube) in addition to traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. To address student needs for authoritative online materials, a pilot project was initiated to: 1) create a digital database of virtual microscope slides; and 2) record all lectures in the 2nd year pathology course for online review.
Design: Virtual microscopy and lecture recording were implemented over two years (2007-2009). Virtual slides were created using an Aperio slide scanner and then converted for use with the Zoomify Enterprise viewer. Lectures were recorded live with synchronization to PowerPoint slides using Camtasia Studio software and produced as three separate formats (web screencast, iPod video, and mp3 audio). All recordings were posted online within 1-2 days.
Results: Medical students were surveyed at the end of their 2nd year regarding their computing habits, use of virtual microscopy, and review of online lecture recordings.
|Med School Class||Own a computer||Own a notebook computer|
|Class of 2008||100% (40/40)||95% (38/40)|
|Class of 2009||100% (64/64)||97% (62/64)|
|Class of 2010||100% (89/89)||96% (85/89)|