Pedicle Screw Insertion: a Novel Approach to Enhance Anatomic Knowledge and Student Engagement

  • Wendy Lackey-CornelisonEmail author
  • Karen Bovid
  • Vicki R. McKinney


A procedure experience was incorporated into the anatomy lab to advance knowledge of the spine and enhance student engagement (Nutt et al., Clin Teach 9(3):148–151, 2012). The spine lab was modified to include a scoliosis case with a pedicle screw placement simulation exercise. The experience has been a success for both undergraduate medical students and resident facilitators.


Clinical anatomy Student engagement Cadaveric surgical simulation 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© International Association of Medical Science Educators 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Sciences, Homer Stryker M.D. School of MedicineWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Homer Stryker M.D. School of MedicineWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family MedicineAU/UGA Medical PartnershipAthensUSA

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