10:30 – 11:30 am

CEUs: Biomed, Supported by the Vesalius Trust Robert J. Demarest Fund

“Lessons through the Lens” – How Learners are Being Brought Virtually into the Cadaver Laboratory

The cadaver laboratory continues to hold its place as one of the most sought-after spaces for learners to engage with the cadaveric donor.  Despite the abundance of commercially created technological tools and anatomy teaching and learning options, learners at all levels of competency value the authenticity that dissection and the dissected cadaver provides. While there are many approaches to learning human anatomy in the laboratory, two fundamental elements of the cadaveric experience are essential for a meaningful learning experience, (1) good visualization and (2) anatomical context.  In the digital space, anatomical content capture is charting a way forward to elevate cadaveric anatomy onto a platform through which laboratory capabilities can extend across a learner base that no longer requires presence within the traditional classroom.  In the Department of Clinical Anatomy, Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team of experiential learning strategists, data capture experts, anatomy professors and clinicians are exploring ways in which cadaveric anatomy can be maximized to authenticate the learner experience.  The aim of this presentation is to share two consecutive years of experience using a technologically centric curriculum embedded in principles of experiential learning, lessons learned and way forward.

Nirusha Lachman, PhD

Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Clinical Anatomy, Mayo Clinic

Nirusha Lachman PhD is Full Professor of Anatomy, Full Professor of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Clinical Anatomy with Joint Appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic. Her primary focus lies in integrating clinical anatomy into everyday practice in research, education and clinical practice.  She is one of few clinical anatomists in the world who works collaboratively on a daily basis with clinicians in a practice-based setting. In her 29-year career as a clinical anatomist, Dr. Lachman has contributed >123 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and numerous abstract publications, and national and international presentations. Dr. Lachman’s main educational focus is on creating authentic curricula for practice-based anatomy through hands on fresh tissue dissection and delivering anatomical content in the digital space. In addition to her numerous accolades, Dr Lachman is the recipient of the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award (2021), Legacy Level Member of the Mayo Clinic Academy for Teaching Excellence, Outstanding Physician Scientist Award from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery.