Clinical Anatomy
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Division of Clinical Anatomy

Research​ Areas

Anatomical Sciences Educati​​on

Anatomy Education

The Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stellenbosch University spearheads research and innovation in the educational aspects of anatomical sciences. Our commitment to the training of future clinicians and allied health professionals drives us to integrate traditional teaching methods with cutting-edge technology, such as the utilization of a 3D printer and a 3D scanner to enhance anatomical visualization. 

Our research portfolio is diverse, employing qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate various innovative teaching tools and techniques. This includes collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts on a project using clay modeling to aid in the understanding of gross anatomy, particularly in cross-sectional views, thereby enhancing the tactile learning experience for students. Additionally, we are partnered with the University of Ghent on a project focused on integrating ultrasound into anatomy education. 

Other research efforts involve near-peer tutoring to assess the mutual benefits of peer-led learning, the application of ultrasound in teaching, the initiation of a virtual anatomy journal club, and evaluations of online anatomy education during the COVID-19 pandemic and the clinical relevance of anatomy according to clinicians in the division. 

We aim to deepen the understanding of how anatomy is taught, learned, and assessed, thus innovating and improving educational practices and outcomes. 

For inquiries related to medical education research, postgraduate opportunities, or collaborative initiatives, please contact: 

Ms. Janine Correia

Histology Education

Our research group aims to transform histology education by developing advanced digital tools, integrating AI and machine learning, and enhancing global teaching practices. 

We collaborate with international institutions such as the University of Oulu in Finland and the University of Namibia to advance digital histology teaching. Using the QuPath tool, developed by Oulu and optimized for the Global South under the SAFINET program, we have digitalized histology education at Stellenbosch University. Our software adapts to mobile devices, making it accessible and data-efficient for remote learning. 

Current projects include evaluating the use of QuPath Edu based on student and educator feedback and aligning histology curricula in South Africa for better teaching outcomes. We are also exploring the potential of generative AI in histology education. 

For more information on this collaborative project, contact:

Mrs. Jodie Lemphane