Michelle Lazarus November 29, 2022 40:13

Embryology is the Origin Story of Adult Anatomy

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This week, Dr. Michelle Lazarus joins Claudia and Segun to discuss the topic all anatomists love to hate: embryology! Michelle talks about why thinking about embryology as the story of how adult anatomy came to be is a more effective and approachable way of learning anatomical structures. We discuss how when we learn about anatomy, we are learning about ourselves, as well as how important it is to have an inclusive language and understanding of our bodies.
Michelle Lazarus

Associate Professor Michelle D. Lazarus serves as the Director of the Monash Centre for Human Anatomy Education (CHAE) and the Curriculum Integration Network lead within the Monash Centre Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE). In addition to her faculty work, Michelle fosters educational excellence across Monash through her role as a Monash Education Academy Fellow and is an award-winning educator having won the prestigious Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. A/Prof Lazarus is passionate about evidence-based education and she engages rigorous education research practice, leading a team to challenge the primacy of medical science content over clinical practice opportunities in healthcare education delivery. Her work focuses on integration of psychosocial skills (medical ethics, professionalism, uncertainty tolerance and clinical skills) within core coursework. Her innovative, evidence-based curricular adaptations are globally adapted, adopted and implemented because of their efficacy in balancing science discipline content with clinical skill development. She passionately advocates for evidence-based educational initiatives, and the unification of discipline content with clinical context locally, nationally, and internationally.

In this episode, Michelle mentioned the book m//otherland by Asiel Adán Sánchez. Learn more about this book here: https://www.revarena.com/m-otherland

You can also learn more about the Uncertainty Tolerance resource Michelle addressed in this week’s episode here: https://www.monash.edu/learning-teaching/teachhq/be-inspired/teaching-practice-examples/balancing-knowledge-with-uncertainty

Learn more about Michelle’s research at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute here: https://www.monash.edu/discovery-institute/lazarus-research-group/home



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