Pelvic Anatomy From Inlet to Outlet: A 3-Dimensional Kinesthetic Learning Method

In this session, speakers will provide physical therapy educators an alternative method to improve depth and understanding of pelvic floor anatomy. Pelvic physical therapy has been developing and expanding over the past 40 years; however, this region is often marginally addressed in gross anatomy dissection. Furthermore, this region is often challenging for students to thoroughly comprehend. In order to help meet the Section on Women's Health missionÊ"to advance global excellence in abdomino-pelvic health," it is imperative that DPT students must understand pelvic anatomy. Attendees will examine an effective active learning method to supplement gross anatomy dissection of the pelvis. The lab will use plastic models of the pelvis and different colored modeling clay to create and build layers of muscle and tissues from the skeleton out. Building structures from the inside out is a kinesthetic learning experience that requires students to create the anatomy, not just discover the structure through dissection. By creating, errors and holes in knowledge are easily identified and can be quickly rectified through immediate formative feedback. Pedagogical research has demonstrated that the use of clay modeling improves spatial understanding and long-term retention of pelvic anatomy knowledge.

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  • Control #: 1790
  • Type: Education Session
  • Event/Year: CSM 2020
  • Authors: Beth Jones
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