A “Virtual Slide Box” Using Whole Slide Imaging for Reproductive Pathology Education for Medical Students.
Sara E Monaco, Peter Kant, Gloria Carter, Giuliana Trucco, Amal Kanbour-Shakir, Esther Elishaev. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA; University of Pittsburgh, PA
Background: Whole slide imaging (WSI) is starting to become utilized in diagnostic pathology and in pathology resident education. Given that the traditional glass slide sets provided to medical students can break and fade over time, in addition to being lost in storage, we investigated the feasibility and educational value of using WSI for teaching sets for medical student education in a reproductive pathology course.
Design: A teaching set of 39 deidentified glass slides used for medical student education in reproductive pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, were used for WSI using the Aperio ScanScope CS scanner, and then uploaded into a Google based viewer on the medical school's academic website, Navigator LMS. A web-based digitized “virtual slide box” was created and implemented at our institution using Microsoft Internet Information Services as the web server and Python as the programming language. In addition, annotated answer keys were provided. During laboratory sessions for viewing the slides, students were given the option to use microscopes with glass slides, or laptops with projection screens to view the virtual slides. The number of hits that the “virtual slide box” received during the course was recorded using the traffic report function and compared that to the number of microscopes used.
Results: The web site is available at: http://navigator.medschool.pitt.edu/34_viewPage.asp?pageID=302498504. This link is part of the medical school's academic website, which requires a log in for secure access. The students can see the “virtual slide box” with the other course materials, and view them from any site. In comparison to the glass slides, the virtual slides were used more commonly by the students with a total of 86 hits on the “virtual slide box”, compared to about 5 or fewer microscopes being used during the laboratory sessions. Students worked in small groups looking at the virtual slides together using the laptops and projection screens. Virtual slides were also used during some lectures. WSI was praised in the post-course review by the students.
Conclusions: The implementation of WSI in medical student teaching was extremely successful in that it was utilized more than glass slides, and received very positive reviews. Virtual slide technology can also be helpful for large group teaching during lecture and in small group education. We hope to expand the “virtual slide box” feature in the future with expanded functions, and in more courses.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 9:30 AM
Poster Session III # 127, Tuesday Morning