Evaluating the Anatomage Table Compared to Cadaveric Dissection as a Learning Modality for Gross Anatomy

Guy Baratz, Amy L. Wilson-Delfosse, Bryan M. Singelyn, Kevin C. Allan, Gabrielle E. Rieth, Rubina Ratnaparkhi, Brenden P. Jenks, Caitlin Carlton, Barbara K. Freeman, Susanne Wish-Baratz*

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness and qualitative experience of learning gross anatomy of the pelvis and perineum (P/P) and musculoskeletal system (MSK) via cadaveric dissection to learning these same anatomical regions using the Anatomage table. The Anatomage table is an anatomical visualization system that projects male and female gross anatomical structures from human cadavers onto a life-sized touchscreen table. A crossover design was implemented. Four volunteer dissection groups, consisting of four students each, were randomly assigned to dissect P/P on the Anatomage table and MSK (upper and lower limb) not on the cadaver lab or vice versa. Participating students completed surveys before and after each lab, formative quizzes following each lab, and summative final practical exams on both the Anatomage table and in the cadaver lab. Results indicated that when studying on the Anatomage table, students were more excited before and after labs and perceived a greater degree of learning. The groups did not demonstrate a significant difference in P/P knowledge based on quiz results; however, the Anatomage group had a significantly higher mean score on quizzes in MSK anatomy. Finally, the practical exam results suggest that for some anatomical regions, students may perform similarly regardless of the modality on which they were instructed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Science Educator
StateAccepted/In press - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomage
  • Cadaveric dissection
  • Gross anatomy
  • Medical education


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