Teaching Cellular Architecture: The Global Status of Histology Education

Michael Hortsch, Virgínia Cláudia Carneiro Girão-Carmona, Ana Caroline Rocha de Melo Leite, Ilias P. Nikas, Nii Koney Kwaku Koney, Doris George Yohannan, Aswathy Maria Oommen, Yan Li, Amanda J. Meyer, Jamie Chapman

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Histology or microanatomy is the science of the structure and function of tissues and organs in metazoic organisms at the cellular level. By definition, histology is dependent on a variety of microscope techniques, usually light or more recently virtual, as well as electron microscopy. Since its inception more than two centuries ago, histology has been an integral component of biomedical education, specifically for medical, dental, and veterinary students. Traditionally, histology has been taught in two sequential phases, first a didactic transfer of information to learners and secondly a laboratory segment in which students develop the skill of analyzing micrographic images. In this chapter, the authors provide an overview of how histology is currently taught in different global regions. This overview also outlines which educational strategies and technologies are used, and how the local and cultural environment influences the histology education of medical and other students in different countries and continents. Also discussed are current trends that change the teaching of this basic science subject.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Visualisation . Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
EditorsDongmei Cui, Edgar R. Meyer, Paul M. Rea
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-36727-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-36726-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameAdvances in experimental medicine and biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598

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