Teaching bone marrow procedures at pelvic and sternal sites: a high fidelity anatomy simulation Academic Article uri icon

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  • Implication Statement: The bone marrow aspirate and biopsy procedure are fundamental to the diagnosis of many hematologic pathologies. We describe a hands-on, anatomy-based workshop that allows learners to practice bone marrow procedures on cadavers. Notably, participants learned how to perform sternal aspirates: a procedure rarely performed in real-life practice. Learners valued the experience and described increased comfort with the procedure after the workshop. This workshop provides a valuable opportunity for trainees to learn a procedural skill in a safe, high fidelity environment. Given its hands-on nature, residency training programs could also adapt it for direct observation and trainee assessment. 


  • VanderMeulen, Heather
  • Laureano, Marissa
  • Hu, George
  • Lim, Wendy
  • Ross, Catherine
  • Wainman, Bruce Charles
  • Zeller, Michelle P

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  • April 2021