Web-Based Virtual Microscopy To Teach Ophthalmic Pathology.
Amy Y Lin. University of Illinois at Chicago
Background: Ophthalmic pathology is a specialized area of both ophthalmology and pathology. Although a training requirement for ophthalmology residents, many have limited exposure to pathologic specimens because their departments cannot support an ophthalmic pathologist. Likewise, most pathology residents have little to no exposure to ophthalmic cases because the ophthalmic pathologist, most of whom are ophthalmologists, sees the cases.
Design: The goal of this project is to develop interactive, web-based cases in order to help residents recognize and understand the fundamentals of ophthalmic disease. Virtual slides were scanned using the Aperio ScanScope (Aperio, Vista, CA), and interactive cases were created using Digital SlideBox software (SlidePath, Dublin, Ireland). Each slide is annotated with key microscopic features of the case, and each case is accompanied by a narrative, which includes a clinical history, physical examination (ophthalmic) findings, and gross and microscopic description. Hyperlinks within the narrative can integrate clinical photographs, gross photographs, imaging studies, multimedia, and additional virtual slides or slide annotations to the case. Self-assessment quizzes help residents test their understanding.
Results: These interactive, web-based virtual microscopy cases were provided to ophthalmology and pathology residents in our teaching programs. Residents found these self-study cases useful in increasing their recognition and understanding of pathologic processes in ophthalmic diseases.
Conclusions: An interactive, web-based virtual microscopy case study set makes the field of ophthalmic pathology more accessible and inviting to both ophthalmology and pathology residents.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 9:30 AM
Poster Session III # 137, Tuesday Morning