I teach Human Anatomy and Neuroscience to learners across multiple disciplines including pharmacy, graduate, and medical students. I strive to cultivate an innate interest in the subject matter in each of my students. I use alternative teaching tools such as drawing and plastination to engage students with the anatomical sciences.
Plastination is a preservation technique used to infuse polymers or plastics into body parts, converting them into hardened, odorless specimens that do not decay. This technique was pioneered by Gunther von Hagens and made world-famous through the traveling “Body Worlds” exhibit. I began a plastination lab on the MCW-Milwaukee campus in 2018-19 for the long-term retention of anatomical specimens to use as educational tools in MCW courses and community education across the state.
I conduct educational research with the goal of optimizing the learning experience for students. A primary focus of my research is to develop emotional intelligence, teamwork skills, and well-being strategies during the first semester of medical school by having students reflect on experiences with teammates and human body donors in their Clinical Human Anatomy course. Other research includes analyzing efficacy of in-class teaching methods such as blended learning and assessment methods such as digital lab practicals.
BS, Major: Biomedical Sciences; Minors: Chemistry, Fine Art, St. Norbert College, 2008
PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2016
Anatomy Teaching Certificate: American Association of Anatomists, 2017, Anatomy Training Program
Drawing or making other visual diagrams can be a fun way to summarize complex material while showing relationships between topics. I utilize drawing to make educational resources, learning activities during active learning sessions, and as a tool to summarize material in review sessions. Drawing a diagram can help a student summarize vast amounts of detail into a simple schematic in a relatively short time.
Additionally, I plastinate human organs to use as educational resources for MCW courses as well as for community outreach projects. Plastination is a preservation technique used to infuse polymers or plastics into body parts, converting them into hardened, odorless specimens that do not decay. This technique was pioneered by Gunther von Hagens and made world-famous through the traveling “Body Worlds” exhibit. Specimens are fixed with formalin, then fatty tissue and water are replaced with acetone. The acetone is subsequently replaced with a plastic or polymer under vacuum conditions. Finally, the polymer is cured with light or gas to harden the specimen.
(Ellinas EH, Kaljo K, Patitucci TN, Novalija J, Byars-Winston A, Fouad NA.) J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 Mar;28(3):393-402.
(Sison SL, Patitucci TN, Seminary ER, Villalon E, Lorson CL, Ebert AD.) Hum Mol Genet. 2017 09 01;26(17):3409-3420.
(Osman EY, Washington CW 3rd, Kaifer KA, Mazzasette C, Patitucci TN, Florea KM, Simon ME, Ko CP, Ebert AD, Lorson CL.) Mol Ther. 2016 09;24(9):1592-601.
(Patitucci TN, Ebert AD.) Hum Mol Genet. 2016 Feb 01;25(3):514-23.
(Rindt H, Feng Z, Mazzasette C, Glascock JJ, Valdivia D, Pyles N, Crawford TO, Swoboda KJ, Patitucci TN, Ebert AD, Sumner CJ, Ko CP, Lorson CL.) Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Jul 15;24(14):4094-102.
(Wilk MA, McAllister JT, Cooper RF, Dubis AM, Patitucci TN, Summerfelt P, Anderson JL, Stepien KE, Costakos DM, Connor TB Jr, Wirostko WJ, Chiang PW, Dubra A, Curcio CA, Brilliant MH, Summers CG, Carroll J.) Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 May 20;55(7):4186-98.
(McGivern JV, Patitucci TN, Nord JA, Barabas MA, Stucky CL, Ebert AD.) Glia. 2013 Sep;61(9):1418-1428.
(Ebert AD, Shelley BC, Hurley AM, Onorati M, Castiglioni V, Patitucci TN, Svendsen SP, Mattis VB, McGivern JV, Schwab AJ, Sareen D, Kim HW, Cattaneo E, Svendsen CN.) Stem Cell Res. 2013 May;10(3):417-427.
Development of a rapid automated influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus A/B multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay and its use during the 2009 H1N1 swine-origin influenza virus epidemic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(Beck ET, Jurgens LA, Kehl SC, Bose ME, Patitucci T, LaGue E, Darga P, Wilkinson K, Witt LM, Fan J, He J, Kumar S, Henrickson KJ.) J Mol Diagn. 2010 Jan;12(1):74-81.
(Bose ME, Beck ET, Ledeboer N, Kehl SC, Jurgens LA, Patitucci T, Witt L, LaGue E, Darga P, He J, Fan J, Kumar S, Henrickson KJ.) J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Sep;47(9):2779-86.
Teresa Patitucci, PhD
You’ve heard of body art? Teresa is using bodies AND art to teach anatomy.