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Tufts Innovates! seed grants are awarded annually by the Office of the Provost to support faculty in exploring new methodologies to enhance student learning. In 2011,  Dominique Penninck, DVM, PhD. (Principal Investigator), Olivier Taeymans, DVM, PhD., James Sutherland-Smith, BVSc, and Ryan King, DVM.were awarded a Tufts Innovates! seed grant to develop video-based teaching tools for clinical ultrasound in veterinary medicine.

The idea behind developing these video-based teaching tools is to address a disconnect between the way clinical ultrasonography is taught currently, and the teaching resources and technologies that are available to support teaching and learning. One of the main challenges that Penninck and her team hoped to address was the limitation of static textbooks in capturing the “live” components of clinical work. They also wanted to bolster the existing video clips used in the ultrasound curriculum with real time instructor commentary and narration. Their goal was to produce at least 10 top-quality clinical teaching video clips to support student learning.

The team produced 30 narrated video clips that cover topics such as normal abdominal scanning of dogs, and clinical cases covering kidney, bladder, liver, gallbladder, neck, and gastrointestinal disorders. To see one of these videos, click here.

The group plans to expand the project to a variety of diagnostic imaging fields in veterinary medicine such as radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance, to develop an online teaching module accessible to students, residents, interns, and veterinary practitioners. Part of this work will be placed on the Tufts Open courseware, and on I Tunes U to facilitate the international exposure.