Researchers at the University of Calgary have created a new, interactive tool that will change the way medical education is taught. LINDSAY, named after Dr. Lindsay Kimmett, a bright, promising medical student who died in a car crash, is a virtual human that uses a variety of touch interfaces to help students learn anatomy and physiology in 3D.
LINDSAY is a state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology teaching tool, allowing for an interactive and detailed exploration of the human body. Designed for use on touch interface technologies such as the iPad, iPhone and touch tables, users can rotate, flip, zoom in and essentially “fly” through the human body in real time, all the while observing how specific organs and mechanisms function.
“There’s a real gap between textbook anatomy and what students see in real life – the LINDSAY software connects the dots between the classroom and real life,” says Heather Jamniczky, assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine who uses the software to teach classes.
“Students have been really enthusiastic and it seems to improve their ability to make the connections we are asking. It pulls everything in and provides a much more engaging learning experience.”
The project is a collaboration between the faculties of medicine and science and can be customized to whatever lesson students are being taught.
“It’s sort of the medical equivalent to a flight simulator,” says Faculty of Science professor Christian Jacob, whose team helped design the software. “Students can navigate – actually fly – through the body to see what is going on at different levels of scale, from inside a cell to a pumping heart.”