Interactive Pelvic Anatomy Model: A Tool for Teaching Basic Pelvic Anatomy

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A knowledge deficit of pelvic anatomy has been noted in obstetrics and gynecology residents. In this article, we introduce an innovative anatomic model that uses readily accessible and reusable materials to simulate and teach anatomic relationships in the female pelvis.

INSTRUMENT:

Our anatomic model is a reusable and cost-effective modification of an existing pelvic model. We used felt fabric pieces with hook-and-loop fasteners to simulate the pelvic floor, perineum, and surrounding musculature as they attach to corresponding sites on a standard bony pelvis. Our design incorporates the relationship of the ureter and major blood vessels in the pelvis by using yarn and ribbon. By allowing the student to build the anatomy of the pelvis piece by piece, the model provides the student a hands-on illustration of anatomic relationships in three dimensions.

EXPERIENCE:

At our institution, both learners and faculty have positively evaluated our model. We have used it to teach residents and fourth-year medical students surgically relevant anatomy. It is currently being evaluated as an addition to standard anatomy lectures in medical student clerkships.

CONCLUSION:

Our model introduces an innovative design that uses inexpensive and reusable materials. Residents, faculty, and student learners at our institution have positively received the model.

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