Medical schools typically teach histology in the first years but competing pressures on curricula subjects have forced many educators to reduce the amount of time dedicated to normal histology. Additionally, the maintenance of numerous microscopes and slides for teaching purposes is expensive. Using fewer microscopes decreases access to slides and wastes time in readjusting to view the same features. Slides from human tissues are difficult to replace and the quality of glass slides is variable.
The challenges of histology education also increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing remote learning and limited access to the hands-on laboratory world. We spoke with Gjermund Gunnes DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP, Professor of Veterinary Pathology at NMBU, for a perspective on teaching histology using Aiforia’s software.
The Sydney School of Veterinary Science has been using virtual microscopy from the early 2000s but it was heavily dependent on internal university IT support. In search of a faster cloud-based SaaS solution, Professor Jan Slapeta MVDr PhD started using Aiforia’s software for teaching parasitology.
“Supporting and working with a number of colleagues across the Sydney School of Veterinary Science requires solutions that are easy to adopt with minimal learning curve. Aiforia is easy to use, even a complete novice can have functional pages ready for students in a matter of minutes - ready for the next class.” - Jan Slapeta
Digitalization is a rapidly adopting field all over the world and digital pathology, in particular, is mainly used for research and education. In Pakistan, there are less than 1,000 pathologists specialized in cancer diagnostics covering a population of over 225 million people.
A critical component to increasing this is developing education. We caught up with Dr. Talat Zehra, MBBS, FCPS, Assistant Professor and Histopathologist at JSMU, teaching pathology to students in medicine and dentistry, on the state of pathology education in Pakistan and the benefits of Aiforia in this environment.