B. Guimarães, M. Arantes, M. Severo, M.A. Ferreira

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (PORTUGAL)
The role of technology in contemporary medicine is acknowledged. Technology changed the way that human body is seen and approached, interfering with the traditional concept of anatomy. In this context, the teaching and learning processes in anatomy rely increasingly in new tools, as is the case of e-learning and e-assessment.

Following the development of “Virtual Quiz”, a tool build with the objective to improve identification of anatomical structures, we proceeded with reformulation of this project by creating of a new web-based application which functions as a study manager towards the improvement of students’ cognitive competences in clinical anatomy in undergraduate medical course.

However, the evolution of the medical knowledge requires the continuous updating of competencies in long life learning. In order to fulfill this requirement, we adapted the study manager with the objective to use this tool for the teaching/ learning processes of recertification/post-graduation of medical doctors (namely General Practitioners) in the field of neuroanatomy.

The study manager software allows students to practice their capacity to identify neuroanatomical structures in x-ray, TC and MRI films, as well as images of sectional anatomy (“Virtual Quiz”), as well training their neuroanatomical correlations and clinical features in the format of multiple choice question examination (“Clinical Vignettes”).

Using this software it is possible to evaluate the users’ learning progress, which is useful to implement pedagogical actions in regard of the best knowledge acquisition.

This work aims to present this software and discuss its use as a tool for teaching/learning in medical recertification/post-graduation and in continuous education.

(Project supported by FCT/8209/18/9/2014/S)