New Digital and 3D Resources in the Teaching of Anatomy. International Experience Reported in the “Sectra Users Meeting 2019”, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, Before the Pandemic COVID-19

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Pedro Hecht-López; Juan Carlos Maturana-Arancibia & Eduardo Parra-Villegas


The use of new technological resources in the teaching of anatomy has promoted the need to adapt the educational model, making it more student-centered, dynamic, and participatory through digital and 3D tools, directing the knowledge towards its clinical application, but under a curricular adjustment that tends to take fewer contact hours in the classroom or laboratory. This work describes the local experience of a new School of Medicine in Chile, reported in 2018, and other work from training centers presented at the "SECTRA Users Meeting 2019 Stockholm", Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. This work des- cribes the oral reports on the application of new digital resources such as; the SECTRA® digital tactile dissection table and Erler-Zimmer® 3D printed cadaveric anatomical models, databases on digital anatomy, in addition, its impact on academic performance, reported by users from different countries, such as Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, United States of America (USA) and Sweden. The data was collected and analyzed from the information reported in the oral presentations and summaries delivered by the speakers.The vast majority of the exhibiting countries declared the combined use of digital and 3D resources added to the traditional ones for teaching anatomy. Only the representative from the USA stated that they exclusively used digital resources (in the laboratory and online), an experience corresponding to a young and innovative medical school. Most of the educational centers stated that they used the digital dissection table in a large proportion of their curricular contents, in association with RIS/PACS-type platforms such as the IDS7 SECTRA portal or those used by the training center. The use of new digital and 3D technologies has gained an important space in the anatomy teaching curriculum, complementing the use of traditional resources.

KEY WORDS: Clinical anatomy; Digital dissection; Touch table: 3D printing; University teaching.

How to cite this article

HECHT, L. P., MATURANA, A. J. & PARRA, V. E. New digital and 3D resources in the teaching of anatomy. International experience reported in the “SECTRA Users meeting 2019”, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, before the pandemic COVID-19. Int. J. Morphol., 41(3):690-698, 2023.