Development and initial testing of a virtual simulation training module to teach microtomy
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Background: Microtomy is a procedure that medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) use to cut tissue samples. The aim of this thesis is to use the think-aloud protocol to develop a virtual simulation training module for students to learn microtomy. Methods: A think-aloud protocol was conducted with an MLT expert to generate the steps of the microtomy procedure. Eight experts rated the criticalness and provided feedback on the steps. Once the module was developed, nine undergraduate students completed the module and provide feedback. Results: The think-aloud protocol generated 10 steps for the microtomy procedure and experts concluded that all ten steps are critical. Students who completed the module provided a positive response and considered the module as a useful tool to practice microtomy. Conclusions: The 10 steps of the microtomy procedure have been validated by MLT experts. Students completed the virtual simulation training module and viewed it as a user-friendly tool for learners of the medical laboratory sciences program.