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Reasons to engage in digital pathology in education

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Arguments in favor of representation of microscopic material in digital form in the context of education, courses, or lab sessions.

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Reasons to engage in digital pathology in education

  1. 1. 26-1-2016 pag. 1 Top 20 reasons to engage in digital pathology in your next education project Yves Sucaet, PhD Diabetes Research Center
  2. 2. 26-1-2016 pag. 2 Why this presentation? • Building a convincing business case for digital pathology in education has proven difficult. Implementation requires a significant investment (money, time, personnel), and we hear from many practitioners in both the US and in Europe that administrations are difficult to convince. • This presentation wants to help you come up with arguments when you find yourself in a conversation about the pros and cons of digital pathology in your teaching project
  3. 3. 26-1-2016 pag. 3 Who am I? Education • 2000: Hogeschool Gent (BE) – BS Computer Sciences • 2001-2005: Troy State University (US) – Exchange program – MS Biological Sciences • 2005-2010: Iowa State University – PhD Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Professional • 2000-2001: Becton Dickinson • 2010-2013: HistoGeneX • Data Management • Bioinformatics • Section head • 2014-now: VUB • Digital Pathology Manager
  4. 4. 26-1-2016 pag. 4 Why digital pathology? Our top 8 reasons
  5. 5. 26-1-2016 pag. 5 It’s straightforward to explain • The technique of converting glass-mounted microscopy material into a digital representation / image.
  6. 6. 26-1-2016 pag. 6 It’s happening all around the world
  7. 7. 26-1-2016 pag. 7 There’s a healthy (competitive) market
  8. 8. 26-1-2016 pag. 8 Quality of scanned slides is as good as glass
  9. 9. 26-1-2016 pag. 9 You can’t ask your filing cabinet what’s in it
  10. 10. 26-1-2016 pag. 10 Bring physical collections from around the world together in one interface • http://foulis.vub.ac.be
  11. 11. 26-1-2016 pag. 11 Combine multiple imaging platforms into a single interface Pathomation
  12. 12. 26-1-2016 pag. 12 The focus of this presentation Invest once; but engage in several use cases and scenarios Education Biobanking Second opinion Primary diagnosis Research QA
  13. 13. 26-1-2016 pag. 13 Why digital pathology? Our top 12 reasons
  14. 14. 26-1-2016 pag. 14 Physical preparation takes a lot of time
  15. 15. 26-1-2016 pag. 15 You can’t give your students sufficient time behind the (physical) microscope
  16. 16. 26-1-2016 pag. 16 A lot of teaching microscopes cost a lot of money
  17. 17. 26-1-2016 pag. 17 A lot of teaching microscopes need a lot of maintenance
  18. 18. 26-1-2016 pag. 18 Student handling of microscopes isn’t always “ideal”
  19. 19. 26-1-2016 pag. 19 Students slides can crack due to improper or inexperienced handling
  20. 20. 26-1-2016 pag. 20 Students don’t have access to a microscope or slides at home Our website is now available 24/7
  21. 21. 26-1-2016 pag. 21 Build custom websites for pathology courses and students • Pathology education at http://pathology.vub.ac.be (GK, BMW)
  22. 22. 26-1-2016 pag. 22 Use your investment for histology, too! • Histology education at http://histology.vub.ac.be (GK, BMW)
  23. 23. 26-1-2016 pag. 23 Digitize your paper courses through mobile digital pathology and QR-codes
  24. 24. 26-1-2016 pag. 24 Integrate microscopy material in your (blended) learning environment
  25. 25. 26-1-2016 pag. 25 Interactive (self) student testing becomes possible
  26. 26. Innoviris portal introductie • Thank you for taking the time to review these materials • Contact me at yves.sucaet@usa.net to continue the conversation

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