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Collaborative Learning for Histopathology Education

Collaborative Learning for Histopathology Education
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Author(s): James L. Fishback (University of Kansas Medical Center, USA) and Robert M. Klein (University of Kansas Medical Center, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 17
Source title: Optimizing Medical Education With Instructional Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Erdem Demiroz (Trakya University, Turkey) and Steven D. Waldman (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6289-4.ch010


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The authors have developed a pedagogical approach to the teaching of histology and histopathology using a team-based, collaborative learning model. To accomplish this, students are assigned to small groups of “microdissection” teams, mirroring the approach used in gross anatomy dissection. These collaborative groups present the case, including history, relative labs, imaging, gross pathology, and microanatomy, to their classmates. Each clinical case contains normal and abnormal virtual microscopy slides with links to key areas of interest, as well as hyperlinked references to the medical literature (the electronic pathology text or an article from a general medical journal, e.g., The New England Journal of Medicine®). In order to facilitate this collaborative process, they use Microsoft Office 365® and the included OneNote® program. The approach has facilitated integration of histopathology into the curriculum with more interactive laboratories stimulating active learning to build improved diagnostic skills for the learners.

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