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The gleaming table sits seven feet long, three feet wide, and three feet high. It also pivots to an upright position for viewing. And this newest piece of Essex County College high-tech equipment is going to enhance learning for students interested in the medical professions.
The MTD Anatomage Table Convertible, housed in Room 3444, will be utilized by students taking classes in anatomy & physiology, nursing, physical therapist assistant, and radiography, said Dr. Eunice Kamunge, chair of the Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics. “I see the table as a powerful technical device with applications that would enhance our students’ learning process by stimulating their conceptual thinking,” she said.
Dr. Kamunge said faculty in about 60 class sections will utilize the table, during respective periods, according to their teaching schedules.
“The Anatomage table will be an effective learning tool for our Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences students.” Said Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer.
“It will also enhance the instructional capacities of our faculty.”
Faculty recently received a tutorial on the table, which weighs 275 pounds, from Jaclyn Murphy, application specialist at Anatomage, Inc., San Jose, California.
As Ms. Murphy deftly explained the many features of the table, a dozen College faculty took copious notes, frequently nodding excitedly as they envisioned how they will utilize the device in their classes.
The table is operated by touch and is imbedded with four cadavers, both male and female. Once the table is turned on, the figures appear across the screen. The cadaver can be rotated in a number of positions, tailored to that particular class lesson. There are three USB ports on the side, which allow lessons to be saved.
Depending on the course, the professor can show on the table the internal organs, blood flow, the skeletal system, the central nervous system and even the brain.
“You should first ‘play’ around with it to learn more about the many functions,” Ms. Murphy said. “The more you get on it is the key to learning what you can do with it.”
Dr. Lee said he is especially impressed by the case studies on each cadaver contained in the program. “Students will be able to see the exact CAT Scan or MRI of the individual. That is another great learning tool.”
The table cost $103,167, with most of the money coming from the College’s capital budget. Both Dr. Lee and Dr. Kamunge said the investment is well worth the money as students will be better prepared for what to expect when they enter the medical professions.
“The table provides a real and practical experience for the students,” said Dr. Kamunge.