The MyMi.mobile 2.0 app enables medical students to use their computers or smartphones to conduct microscope examinations of pathology tissue samples. This helps them understand the connections between cell structure and organ dysfunction.
Medical students in white lab coats sit in rows, each peering into a microscope: an image that seems like a throwback to histopathology courses of the early 20th century. Nowadays, students are more likely to be sitting comfortably on the sofa at home and acquiring their subject knowledge online. Soon they will even be able to follow microscope examinations from the comfort of their homes.
Together with the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Anatomy at Ulm University, Michael Reinehr, clinical instructor at UZH and pathologist at the UniversityHospital Zurich, has developed the MyMi.mobile 2.0 platform with which students can examine a variety of specially colored tissue samples. The app contains high-resolution scans of specimens around which students can freely navigate and zoom in and out of, as if using a virtual microscope.
“Until now, students had usually only seen the samples once before sitting an exam,” says Reinehr. “The app gives students unlimited access to the specimen collection, meaning they can prepare for the course and follow up afterward on their mobile or laptop – they could even use their journey home to learn more!”
Stéphanie Hegelbach; English translation by Caitlin Stephens