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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the 11th European Congress on Telepathology and 5th International Congress on Virtual Microscopy

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Teachers’ impact on dental students’ exam scores in teaching pathology of the oral cavity using WSI

Janusz Szymas1*, Mikael Lundin2 and Johan Lundin2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Clinical Pathology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Przybyszewski Str. 49. 60-355 Poznan, Poland

2 Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, P.O. Box 20, FN-00014, University of Helsinki, Finland

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S25  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-S1-S25

Published: 30 September 2013

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There is an overall increasing tendency at medical universities around the world to digitize microscope histopathological slides from teaching collections for web-based studies [1]. For the last seven academic years (2005 - 2012), we have developed and evaluated a user-friendly on-line interactive teaching and examination system to facilitate student access to Pathology of the Oral Cavity course material, including histological laboratory specimens. It made microscope laboratory studies in oral cavity pathology more efficient and teaching resources have become available for interactive use from anywhere at any time, independent of class schedules. The WebMicroscope allows students to independently explore entire histological slides. Students control the content and the rhythm of delivery of the content. Digital slides produced using whole slide imaging (WSI) can be visualized at any magnification and moved in the x-y axis, which perfectly imitates using a traditional microscope and a glass slide [2].