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Medical School in Utah Overcomes PC-to-Mac Communication Barrier

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Medical School in Utah Overcomes PC-to-Mac Communication Barrier

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Medical School in Utah Overcomes PC-to-Mac Communication Barrier

"I'm into sharing," says Dr. Suzanne S. Stensaas, an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah's School of Medicine. So, when she conceived of a novel way to improve medical education, she invited colleagues around the country to share both the efforts and benefits of making it a reality. The result, in 1986, was the first Slice of Life videodisc, which contained 10,000 medical images.

According to Stensaas, who has taught at the university for 19 years, most medical instruction is auditory, supplemented by textual reading. She wanted to give students a visual alternative. "I don't think all students learn with the same strategies," she explains. "And it's important that they be able to go back and link what they've read or heard with visual feedback."

Stensaas also wanted a relatively cheap medium for achieving this, and, of course, she envisioned producing a resource that could be shared. Videodisc proved to be the ideal technology. Slice of Life, a "visual encyclopedia" appropriate for the first four years of medical education, is a generic videodisc that can be repurposed for specific instructional programs.

A Group Project

For the second, most recent, Slice of Life edition, 22,000 still images were contributed by 11 different academic institutions, one professional society and more than 60 individuals. Histology, radiology, neuroanatomy, pathology, microbiology, cytology and electrocardiology are among the subject areas illustrated.

The cost for mastering the disc was shared among various institutions, and the finished product was distributed to all those participating in its creation. …

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