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A team of speech-language pathology students from Misericordia University recently made a scholarly presentation at the 2019 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, “Revolutionary Practice in the Keystone State,’’ in Lancaster. Student researchers Annette Ritzko of Coaldale, Quinn Kelley of Peckville and Jillian Scanlon of Pittston presented the 90-minute technical seminar, “Virtual Dissection: A Novel Approach to Teach Anatomy and Physiology.’’ The students utilized the university’s Anatomage table and existing research to illustrate how technological advancements can generate excitement in students and provide a beneficial supplement to learning gross anatomy. “In response to increasing technological advancements and to address the issues faced in education of anatomy in undergraduate speech-language pathology programs, we use state-of-the-art technology to combine classroom instruction with an interactive dissection experience to further enhance the education of our undergraduate students,’’ the student researchers wrote for the introduction of their presentation. “Our virtual dissection table is available to all our students and professors, allowing them to access and experience anatomy through technology that we use in our everyday life.’’ A third-year undergraduate student and research assistant in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Scanlon has presented scholarly research at state conferences and has extensive experience with the Anatomage virtual dissection table. Misericordia University student researchers, from left, Annette Ritzko, Coaldale; Jillian Scanlon, Pittston, and Quinn Kelley, Peckville, prepare for their presentation.