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Observation & Drawing Method for Anatomy Study using touch (haptics) as an effective sensory modality

Date: 20 October 2018 (Saturday)
Venue: UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Time: 09h00 to 16h00

Course fee is R 1 900 per person (refreshments provided)
CPD points = 6 Units | Level 1

Benefits of this short-course include: improved ability to observe the three-dimensional form of an anatomical part more closely, the cognitive memorization of an anatomical part as a 3-D ‘mental picture’, improved spatial awareness and orientation within the volume of an anatomical part, ease at identification of inter-patient variability and an ability to draw. This method, which includes touch (haptics) and drawing, is known as Haptico-Visual Observation and Drawing (HVO&D). 

The course is aimed at medical professionals including orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, physiotherapists, general practitioners, forensic pathologists, radiation oncology planners, medical students  and anatomy educators.

Participants will be guided through a series of easy to perform exercises that will enable them to understand and practise this observation method with ease. The result is that each participant will be able to observe and draw capably using this approach. 

The HVO&D method has benefits for medical professionals including:

  • the closer observation and understanding of the three-dimensional form and detail of the anatomical part under investigation.
  • improved spatial orientation within the volume of an anatomical part (for example, the space within the skull).
  • complementing the analysis of MRI, CT scans and X-rays by increasing the viewer’s 3-D spatial orientation within the volume of the anatomical part under examination.
  • the cognitive memorisation of an anatomical part as a ‘mental picture’. This ‘mental picture’ can be re-accessed without the anatomical part being present.
  • improved observation of the anatomy when palpating any area of the human body during examination.
  • as a complement to anatomy studies for MBChB students and medical professionals.
  • an ability to draw.

The course is presented by Leonard Shapiro, an experienced drawing teacher and workshop facilitator, who developed this observation method. The method has been taught to medical professionals and MBChB students at the University of Cape Town, as well as anatomists at Newcastle University (UK).

NOTE: You need absolutely NO drawing experience to participate in this workshop. All materials will be provided.

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Published Paper on HVO&D Method written by Prof Steve Reid, Leonard Shapiro and Prof Graham Louw in the Anatomical Sciences Education (ASE) journal. Read more here.

Certificate of Attendance and CPD points will be issued to participants of the course.

For more information or to register email ce.administration@uct.ac.za.  Group bookings of a minimum of 10 participants can be arranged on request. 

Only participants registered for the workshop will be eligible to attend.