Teaching bone marrow procedures at pelvic and sternal sites: a high fidelity anatomy simulation

  • Heather VanderMeulen University of Toronto
  • Marissa Laureano McMaster University
  • George Hu McMaster University
  • Wendy Lim McMaster University
  • Catherine Ross McMaster University
  • Bruce Wainman McMaster University
  • Michelle P Zeller McMaster University

Abstract

Implication Statement:

The bone marrow aspirate and biopsy procedure are fundamental to the diagnosis of many hematologic pathologies. We describe a hands-on, anatomy-based workshop that allows learners to practice bone marrow procedures on cadavers. Notably, participants learned how to perform sternal aspirates: a procedure rarely performed in real-life practice. Learners valued the experience and described increased comfort with the procedure after the workshop. This workshop provides a valuable opportunity for trainees to learn a procedural skill in a safe, high fidelity environment. Given its hands-on nature, residency training programs could also adapt it for direct observation and trainee assessment. 

Published
2021-01-29
How to Cite
VanderMeulen, H., Laureano, M., Hu, G., Lim, W., Ross, C., Wainman, B., & Zeller, M. P. (2021). Teaching bone marrow procedures at pelvic and sternal sites: a high fidelity anatomy simulation. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 12(2), e106-e109. https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.69475
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