When designing the female model, our vision was to drive better patient outcomes through a more equal representation of female anatomy within health education. Empowering our customers to shape this future by delivering the world’s most advanced 3D model was only one piece of the puzzle. We wanted to get the word out there about why this underrepresentation is a problem, what is the impact to society at large, and what products like Complete Anatomy need to do in order create a more equitable future.
We set about broadcasting this message. We reached out to news channels. They reached out to us. We ignited conversations and the response has been incredible. Universities the world over are hungry for change and the hugely positive feedback on our female model has been a testament to that.
Let’s take a look at the story of our full female model in the media.
Our first big break was with Healthline back in February, where they declared Complete Anatomy’s full female model “a game changer for women’s health.” Healthline spoke to Alondra Diaz, a second-year medical student at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, who described the benefit of the female model for providing an accurate perspective and studying different diseases in the classroom.
From here the interest grew and our female model soon found itself on the UK airwaves. Professor Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy for Brighton and Sussex Medical School spoke to BBC News about the history of female representation in the health sciences, and how tools like Complete Anatomy are empowering her faculty to create a less biased generation of healthcare professionals.
Professor Smith is a great advocate for dismantling the gender bias within anatomy teaching, and her interview with IFL Science about the history of female representation within anatomy explains how this shift is essential if we are to improve patient outcomes for women. She also touches on an especially crucial point; that underrepresentation not only affects female patients, but also patients of color. Professor Smith challenges apps like Complete Anatomy not only to improve female representation, but also to promote diversity in relation to ancestral diversity (this is something we are actively working on – watch this space). Professor Smith’s advice to her peers is clear: “we need to decolonize our curriculum.”
Pretty soon our phone was off the hook. Elizabeth Munn, Managing Director of Global Medical Education at Elsevier spoke to the Journal of mHealth and Fox News about the “tremendous impact on the educational experience of medical students worldwide as well as on the outcomes of patients they treat in the future.”
We were also particularly humbled by the praise we received from experts who have been advocating for gender equality for years within the tech sphere. Femtech Insider declared it “a significant milestone,” contrasting it with the not-so-accurate female depiction of milk ducts that went viral a few years back. Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women welcomed the female model’s arrival in one of her more recent newsletters, though quite rightly highlighted “how ludicrous it is that in 2022 it should be considered revolutionary to have produced an anatomy model that represents half the world instead of just sticking boobs on the male version”. Too right Caroline! Hopefully, Complete Anatomy’s latest offering inspires other health education products to step up to the mark in shaping a future of equality.
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