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Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Published on August 19, 2015
Innovating learning through technology
Cytotechnology faculty use several innovative teaching strategies and tools to facilitate student mastery of large volumes of didactic and clinical materials for initial learning and testing, and ultimately for board exam preparation.

CT students are well acquainted with these board exam review books.
CT students are well acquainted with these board exam review books.

Several of these technologies include Panopto lecture taping, TurningPoint and Clicker Technologies for clinical diagnosis entry and immediate feedback of performances on daily quizzes, Quizlet study questions, and board exam reviews.

Student response to these innovations has been largely positive. Here is a sampling of their comments:

CT faculty use clicker technology for daily quizzes.
CT faculty use clicker technology for daily quizzes.

"Panopto (is) very useful for review . . . (I) can return to lectures over and over."

"Quizlet (is) great in preparing for our tests."

"Quizlet is an awesome study tool for students in getting ready for
quizzes and exams." 

"ASCP practice tests are great . . . (They are) quite helpful in knowing what the registry exam will be like."


Presenting and presiding at MAS
•  Members of the Department of Diagnostic and Clinical Health Sciences and the Cytotechnology Program were extremely proud that Dr. Zelma Cason (B.S., Cytotechnology '66; M.S., Cytotechnology '02; Ph.D., Cytotechnology '12), professor of cytotechnology, was selected to serve as the 79th president of the Mississippi Academy of Science (MAS). All cytotechnology students presented their research projects at the organization's 79th annual meeting.

•  Dr. Elgenaid Hamadain, professor of clinical health sciences, Ken Heard, assistant professor of cytotechnology, and Dr. Hamed Benghuzzi, professor of clinical health sciences, are among the leadership team for the MAS, the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

•  Seven students were selected by the Health Sciences Division to present research at the Millsaps-HHMI symposium Feb. 27 in the Thad Cochran Convention Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.

•  Cason and Heard are active in the gynecological cytology training of pathology residents and cytopathology fellows. They also serve as managing organizers and proctors during the proficiency testing of the cytotechnologists and staff pathologists in the cytopathology laboratory at UMMC, which is required annually by the ASCP.