Springfield College Translates Anatomy Learning from the Classroom to the Clinic using Primal Pictures

Established in 1991, Primal Pictures created and published the world’s most medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic rendering of human anatomy based on imaging data. Today, they continue to revise and upgrade their products to provide cutting-edge digital Anatomy resources.

Read below to learn how Kathy Pappas, Associate Professor of Human Anatomy at the School of Health Sciences Springfield College has integrated Anatomy.tv into the curriculum to help
health sciences students grasp anatomical form, function, and movement, and support their remote learning during COVID-19.

Anatomy.tv is such an intrinsic part of Kathy Pappas’ clinical anatomy teaching she describes herself as a “super user”. Pappas is associate professor of human anatomy and anatomy lab coordinator at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she has taught since 2006.

Over the past 5 years, she has integrated Primal’s 3D Atlas content across every element of her clinical human anatomy course. Focused on anatomical function and how this relates to movement, this course is offered to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training students, as well as some graduate exercise science majors.

When researching the best option for her students she was taken with how easy Anatomy.tv was to use and get started with. “It was not in a demo-state or a beta- state; it was fully operational, and I was able to just jump right in with that,” she says.

Primal’s content also made a good fit with her existing course materials. “The information within the program very closely matched the textbook we were using, so there was a lot of reinforcement of terminology and how we could best get information to the students,” she says.

Over recent months, Pappas, like others, has adapted her teaching to meet the shifting sands of educating students amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. This has prompted a new approach to Anatomy.tv, one that supports delivering classes, assignments, and assessments online. “Right now, I use Primal during Zoom sessions to go into the program and show them [students] by sharing my screen – What are we studying today? Why is this important?” she says.

To boost remote learning for her students, Pappas has also embraced Primal’s embeddable viewer to broach what for her is new territory, adding images to the exams she builds in the School of Health Sciences’ learning platform. “In certain questions about attachments, when I can put the image up, students feel like I’ve given them a little gift!” she says.

Pappas is impressed with the changes and innovations Primal has made to Anatomy.tv over the past five years. More than this, she values how well the resource fits with her role in training future clinicians and ensuring that student knowledge and skills translate from the classroom to the clinical setting. “Overall, Primal has certainly met my expectations and goals in teaching,” she says.

You can download the Springfield College case study to share with your colleagues and be sure to contact us today for your free demo to learn how Primal Pictures virtual learning anatomy tools can support your students.