The Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) has awarded $8,000 to professors Michael Lockard and Luke Ettinger in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences (EXHS), to upgrade anatomy education and outreach by installing a life-sized digital anatomic dissection station. The system will not only enhance pre-health education in "Human Anatomy" and all subsequent courses at Willamette University, but it will also improve the department’s outreach program to high school students across the Willamette Valley.
The system includes 24-hour access and augmented-reality features, which both WU and visiting high school students can access from their own devices. Funds will be used for touch-enabled screens, hardware/accessories installation and maintenance, and the digital dissection software license. The system will be installed in the EXHS hearth outside the Human Anatomy Lab, and will be fully operational prior to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.