Understanding Congenital Heart Disease through 3-D Models

TitleUnderstanding Congenital Heart Disease through 3-D Models
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

Cadavers are the gold-standard for anatomy education. They offer a three-dimensional (3D) representation, a sense of how features feel and an appreciation of depth, fragility and variability in the human body. However, costs of obtaining and preserving cadavers, maintenance of anatomy laboratories, and ethical, legal and religious issues relating to donor bequest programs are a few challenges associated with using cadavers. Emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing have great potential as adjunct teaching tools, particularly when cadavers are scarce or the pathology is rare and complex. One pathology that can benefit is Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Our project aims to redesign and implement learning materials that involve 3D technologies for the teaching of CHD, an integral component of the medical undergraduate curriculum. This multi-modal module will utilize high-resolution medical imaging to create 3D models that accurately depict cardiac lesions of varying complexity. Artifacts will be used in MEDD 411, MEDD 431, and the fourth-year senior elective course(s) in paediatrics.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorShreya Moodley
Year 1: Funded Amount49,920
Year 1: Team Members

Shreya Moodley, Pediatric Cardiologist / Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine


John Jacob, Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation / Head, Digital Lab, BC Children’s Hospital
Sima Zakani, Lead Engineer, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Chelsea Stunden, Research and Evaluation Manager, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Project Team Members:

Rachel Teo, Product Lead, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Malinda Kulasekare, Lead, Technical Projects, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Nigel Stewart, Solutions Architect, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine


Peter Choi, Course Co-Director / Professor, UBC MEDD411 Foundations of Medical Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Karen Pinder, Course Co-Director / Senior Instructor, UBC MEDD411 Foundations of Medical Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Helen Dyck, Manager, David Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre, Faculty of Medicine
Gordon Colham, Pediatric Radiologist / Clinical Professor, Advanced Pediatric Radiology, Faculty of Medicine
Jonathan Bush, Pediatric Pathologist / Clinical Assistant Professor, Advanced Pediatric Pathology, Faculty of Medicine

Project Report2020-TLEF-Final-Report-Moodley-WEB.pdf