JAOA/AACOM Medical Education  |   July 2019
WVSOM Anatomy Lab Tour Program: An Osteopathic Medicine Pipeline With Student Teaching Opportunities
Author Notes
  • Financial Disclosures: Partial compensation was paid to the author for work done with this program by the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) Grant. 
  • Support: This study was supported by grant numbers 2016-RHI-3 and 2018-RHI-3 through the State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Health Sciences. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Karen S. Wines, MS, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences, 400 Lee St N, Lewisburg, WV 24901-1274. Email: kwines@osteo.wvsom.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Being a DO
JAOA/AACOM Medical Education   |   July 2019
WVSOM Anatomy Lab Tour Program: An Osteopathic Medicine Pipeline With Student Teaching Opportunities
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2019, Vol. 119, 456-463. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2019.082
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2019, Vol. 119, 456-463. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2019.082
Abstract

In spring 2013, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) reformatted its Anatomy Lab Tour Program to include interactive stations in the gross anatomy laboratory. The design of the outreach program introduces high school and allied health learners to osteopathic medicine while working through anatomy laboratory stations and how the tenets of osteopathic medicine relate to a person's overall health and wellness. Throughout the history of the program, first- and second-year osteopathic medical students at WVSOM have helped teach visiting learners in the laboratory experience. The new program design allows more time for one-on-one time between the student teachers and the learners. Exit surveys have reported that the current program design creates a synergistic learning environment in which both the learners and student teachers benefit through the encounter. The authors present this case study of the WVSOM Anatomy Lab Tour Program to establish a baseline for the collection of information gained through participant surveys to assess the impact of the program on learners and student teachers.

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