3:00 – 4:00 pm

1 CEU Hr: History

The Black and White of Medical Illustration

This talk aims to explore the history of medical illustration regarding its role in anatomical education, medical school development, and visual diversity. Examination of medical illustration’s social and educational context will occur using a few historical figures and conclude with a contemporary analysis of visual diversity within skin tone, habitus, ability, and age within anatomical atlases and imagery.

Session Takeaways:

  1. Discuss the historical parallels between medical illustration and anatomical education
  2. Describe the curricular requirements of the first U.S. medical illustration programs
  3. Compare and contrast the use of race in anatomical illustration within the medical framework of the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale

Melissa Carroll, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, The George Washington University

Melissa A. Carroll, PhD, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Melissa teaches anatomy and neuroanatomy to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. She has published and presented on anatomical waxes, anatomical education, and anatomical variations. Melissa is also the Founder of Black in Anatomy, a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and celebrate Black contributions to anatomical sciences.