Exploring the Experience of Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Students on the use of Anatomage® Table to Learn Anatomy – A Survey
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Technology has transformed health science education delivery over the past decade. Students in all health science disciplines must learn and master anatomy to be successful in their education and career. Several virtual resources are available to learn anatomy. The University of Texas Medical Branch introduced Anatomage Table to its entry-level occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) students in 2021 to supplement anatomy learning. As students’ usage of educational technology depends on perceived usefulness, user-friendliness, and positive user experience, this study explored the experiences and perceptions of the students regarding the use of Anatomage Tables to learn anatomy. Students in the class of OTD 2024 were asked to complete an anonymous survey. Thirty valid responses were received. Around 80% of the respondents perceived the Anatomage Table as a useful resource and reported a positive experience using the table. Nearly half of the respondents perceived the table as user-friendly. Respondents stated that the table helped them review learned materials, visualize anatomical structures, self-assess their anatomy knowledge, and avoid the hassle associated with cadaver lab requirements and restrictions. Results suggest that Anatomage Table may be a useful supplemental resource to teach anatomy for entry-level OTD students. However, students may need adequate training and orientation at the beginning of the semester to successfully utilize the resource.
Karthik Mani, OTD, OTR, FACOT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at UTMB. His research focuses on professional issues that affect the profession of occupational therapy and population health. In 2019, he founded the Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank, a scholarly group in India.
Amber Armstead, DrPH, OTR, BCPR is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the UTMB. She has presented and published peer-reviewed research on health disparities and chronic HIV among marginalized communities, total wellness, community health, and chronic disease management among people living with HIV and neurodegenerative conditions.
Lima Ghulmi, OTD, OTR is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the UTMB, her research focuses on Lifestyle interventions with severe obesity, bariatric rehabilitation, and management of chronic diseases through daily habits and routines. She has presented regionally and internationally.
Flor Nuñez, OTD, OTR is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Occupational Therapy at UTMB. Her research interests include pediatrics, adult learning, and health/wellness. For her PPOTD capstone project, Dr. Nuñez examined OT's role in coaching and impact on parent engagement using the Occupational Performance Coaching Model.
Amy Boyd, OTD, OTR is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Occupational Therapy at UTMB. Her research interests include interprofessional education and mental health within the community.
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REDCap platform was made available to the authors through the university under the Clinical and Translational Science Award UL1TR001439 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.
Mani, K., Armstead, A. B., Ghulmi, L., Nunez, F., & Boyd, A. (2023). Exploring the Experience of Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Students on the use of Anatomage® Table to Learn Anatomy – A Survey. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 7 (1). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol7/iss1/11
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