Digital and social media in anatomy education

Hennessy, Catherine M and Smith, Claire F (2020) Digital and social media in anatomy education. In: Rae, Paul M (ed.) Biomedical Visualisation. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 8 . Springer, Switzerland, pp. 109-122. ISBN 9783030474829

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The use of images in various forms (drawing, photography, digital applications) has always been intrinsically associated with anatomy, however the way in which anatomy educators and students create, access, view and interact with images has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. The method that anatomy educators use to engage with students and the wider public and how students engage with each other and faculty has also changed since the turn of the century, largely due to the emergence of social media. These two facets; the move towards digital images and the use of social media are now intricately interlinked because social media enables anatomy educators to share digital learning resources easily and instantly to a global audience. This new trend of using social media to share digital images has created some ethical dilemmas that anatomy educators are researching and seeking guidance on to ensure that they are representing the potential conflicting needs and/or requirements of different stakeholders including; donors, donors families, students, the public, regulators and anatomy educators themselves. Meeting the various needs of stakeholders is complex, however this chapter suggests an ethical approach for how digital images and social media can continue to be part of anatomy education.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Digital images, social media, cadaveric images, anatomy education, consent
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education
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Depositing User: Catherine Hennessy
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2021 14:20

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