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Jason Ethington, Paul J. Bryar, Thomas J. Cummings, Richard J. Grostern, Tatyana Milman, Nasreen A. Syed, Deepak P. Edward, Jay I. Perlman; Creating a Web-Based Ophthalmic Pathology Slide-Box Using Annotated Virtual Microscopy Slides. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2011;52(14):3699.
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To discuss the development of a comprehensive, web-based database of ophthalmic pathology slides with instructive annotations that provides an educational experience simulating viewing pathology slides under a microscope. This educational tool is used to assist in the teaching of ophthalmic pathology.
A slide-box of virtual ophthalmic pathology images with all the functions of a laboratory microscope was created. Slides are converted into a digital format and stored on a virtual microscopy website at www.slidehosting.com. Access to the site is obtained with username aaopath and password aperio. Slides include descriptive annotations that assist users to identify and understand pertinent pathologic findings. Several ophthalmic pathologists from different universities have contributed slides to this effort under the auspices of the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists (AAOP). Residents from contributing programs were surveyed for feedback about the virtual slide-box.
One hundred fifty-five slides have been posted that include representative slides from conjunctiva, cornea, eyelid, glaucoma, nasolacrimal sac, orbit, retina, and uveal tract. The site is continually updated to create a comprehensive virtual microscopy resource for ophthalmology education. Twenty-four ophthalmology residents were surveyed from contributing institutions. Of these, 41.7% have used virtual microscopy previously, 29.2% have used other pathology sites, and 78.3% felt virtual microscopy was more valuable than traditional sites. Also,79.2% felt the site was user friendly and 100% prefer having annotations on the slides. The slides were felt to be of excellent or good educational value by 95.9% of respondents.
We have created a valuable new web based educational tool for the teaching of ophthalmic pathology. The feedback from residents suggests that a virtual slide-box is a valuable tool for resident education. The website continues to be expanded and updated to create a standard tool for ophthalmology and pathology training.
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