Congratulations to the Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) Anatomy Working Group (AWG) who were awarded the Gold Award for their recent participation in the Innovation in Anatomy Teaching Competition at the Malaysian Anatomical Association Education Symposium (MAAES) in Kuala Terengganu.
Their winning teaching innovation focused on a novel and interactive approach to teach the anterolateral abdominal walls musculature to stage 1 MBBS students. The group combined both technology (socrative apps) and inexpensive teaching aids (coloured adhesive tapes and the skeleton model) to create an interactive and fun learning experience for students. The group were one of the 5 finalists to showcase their teaching innovation at the symposium.
They also conducted a pilot study to compare the students’ performance in the pre-laboratory test versus the post-laboratory test in this teaching innovation, and this was presented as a poster presentation at the same symposium.
Dr Ronnie Valdez Mayo, Dr Madihah Rushaidhi, Dr Anna Lisa Casil Cruz and Dr Carlo Paolo Coquia Adrillana all worked on this innovation and were pleased to be recognised for their practical and creative skills, as well as great team work.
We are really proud of this achievement and hopefully our Anatomy Working Group can continue their excellent teaching innovation in future.
Dr Madihah Rushaidhi, Dean of Biomedical Sciences, NUMed
This is the second win in a row for the group who won first place in anatomy teaching innovation last year for their teaching in a difficult neuroanatomy concept: the cutaneous innervation of the brachial plexus, using stockings and gloves.
The group are now looking forward to next year and exploring more teaching innovations.