Workshop: Hands-on dissection

Facilitator: Latika Samalia (University of Otago, NZ)


This workshop offers an immersive experience for anatomy teachers and students to delve into the intricacies of dissection, using the hip and pelvis specimen as an exemplar. Participants will learn about the body donation programme and associated ethics, advanced dissection techniques, and how to implement these in teaching and research environments.


Workshop: Promoting authentic assessment in the digital era

Facilitators: Laura Gregory (Queensland University of Technology,AUS), Junhua Xiao (Swinburne University of Technology,AUS) , Krisztina Valter (Australian National University,AUS)


In this session, participants will be introduced to different ways of creating authentic assessment to science and medical students using digital technologies. We will discuss how curriculum design drives the development of assessment and help students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge through formative assessment along the way. Participants will gain skills in creating assessment items in hands-on activities, and will be encouraged to reflect on their present practices and discuss how they may/can be improved.


Workshop: The anatomy of writing for publication: thinking about how and what you write

Facilitators: Susan Standring (King’s College,UK), Karen Nairn (University of Otago, Dunedin)


In this workshop we will introduce you to 3 key strategies to make your writing clearer, so bring your current writing with you to practise with. We will then look more specifically at scientific writing and explore the generic construction of a scientific paper, paying attention to the importance of context, content and conclusions.


Workshop: Embracing ambiguity: Navigating the path of uncertainty

Facilitator: Michelle Lazarus (Monash University, AUS)


This workshop will be highly interactive, and you are encouraged to engage as you feel comfortable. This workshop will introduce sources of uncertainty in both the anatomy education and workplace contexts, as well as introduce the value of effectively managing such uncertainties (e.g. uncertainty tolerance). Participants will be given the opportunity to develop an activity which fosters and supports learners in developing the skills necessary to manage educational, and future uncertainties.

After completion of the workshop, participants will have reviewed the:

  • Sources of uncertainty in workplaces and education.
  • Definition of uncertainty tolerance.
  • Ways in which education and teaching practices can influence learner’s uncertainty tolerance.
  • How to implement uncertainty tolerance teaching practices into existing curricula.

Workshop: Creating a 3D printable anatomical model from DICOM images

Facilitator: Phil Blyth (University of Otago, NZ)


Unlock the world of 3D Medical Imaging in our interactive workshop! Learn to transform DICOM images into 3D printable anatomical models using Slicer3D and Blender. Ideal for academics new to the field, we'll explore segmentation, manifold objects, 3D printing materials, and much more. Join us and bridge the gap between medicine and technology!

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Workshop: Ultrasound mastery and curriculum development for educators

Facilitators: Sierra Beck (Dunedin Hospital, NZ), Yusuf Cakmak, Latika Samalia, Kanchana Subasinghe & Viraj de Silva (University of Otago, NZ)


This is a comprehensive workshop designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to perform ultrasound examinations. Participants will learn practical techniques, interpretation strategies, and gain insights to develop an engaging ultrasound curriculum for their students, fostering a deep understanding of this valuable diagnostic tool.