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Jan-Luuk Hillebrands (Medical Sciences)

Jan-Luuk Hillebrands


Microscopic anatomy is defined as the study of the structure of cells, tissues, and organs as seen with a microscope. Microscopic anatomy is essential for understanding tissue/organ function as well as to understand the cellular basis of disease. To study microscopic anatomy the use of a microscope is obviously required. However, in clinical pathology diagnostics, virtual microscopy (i.e. the use of high-resolution scans of digitalized tissue sections) is on the march. To carry out this innovation also in teaching at the Pathology section (UMCG) we have developed various unique e-learning modules about histology (i.e. normal/healthy tissue) and pathology (diseased tissue) in which theoretical background, illustrations, video material, but in particular virtual microscopy are combined.

What will the FIT be used for?

To test acquired histology and pathology knowledge, traditionally photomicrographs or schematic representations are being used as part of multiple-choice questions in written exams. We believe this way of testing is outdated and does no justice to the skills of excellent students (i.e. critical observation of larger specimens including the skills to perform virtual microscopy, and to place these observations into (patho)physiological context). In order to test skills and knowledge as such, with this FIT we will develop an interactive examination tool to test acquired (virtual) microscopy skills in a peer assessment setting. Peer assessment is expected to encourage student involvement and responsibility.

Last modified:16 October 2017 11.24 a.m.