Implementing virtual microscopy improves outcomes in a hematology morphology course.

Mauri S. Brueggeman, Cheryl Swinehart, Mary Jane Yue, Janice M. Conway-Klaassen, Stephen M. Wiesner

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Abstract

In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of virtual microscopy as the primary mode of laboratory instruction in undergraduate level clinical hematology teaching. Distance education (DE) has become a popular option for expanding education and optimizing expenses but continues to be controversial. The challenge of delivering an equitable curriculum to distant locations along with the need to preserve our slide collection directed our effort to digitize the slide sets used in our teaching laboratories. Students enrolled at two performance sites were randomly assigned to either traditional microscopy (TM) or virtual microscopy (VM) instruction. The VM group performed significantly better than the TM group. We anticipate that this approach will play a central role in the distributed delivery of hematology through distance education as new programs are initiated to address workforce shortage needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalClinical laboratory science : journal of the American Society for Medical Technology
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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