A continuing series featuring facutly who teach first year SCCO students, meet Rima Khankan, MS, PhD. Of special interest is her role with interprofessional education involving optometry, pharmacy, and physican assistant students together. What follows later in this article is her description of the virtual learning technology, Anatomage tables. Click on the image below, a link to a video hosted on Vimeo where you will get to know Dr. Khankan.
As an optometry student, you may be wondering why a learning system is important to a student whose goal is to study only the eye and vision. Because the optic nerve that exits from the back of the eye and carries neural input to the brain travels through so much “cranial real estate” to get there, pathology that affects the brain will also impact the optic nerve causing defects in a patient’s visual field. The optometrist needs to study neuroantomy and especially how it integrates with the optic nerve. Because this learning technology is able to generate enhanced views of the brain, it is especially effective for teaching optometry students not only the optic nerve, but the bony ocular orbit, its innervation and vasculature supply. In general and as a healthcare provider, the optometrist needs to know general human anatomy and physiology as well. Because this learning technology can generate highly magnified and enhanced views of the entire body, it accomplishes many learning objectives.
Here is a video where Dr. Khankan discusses the Anatomage learning technology and how she uses it as a teaching tool with interprofessional education of the optometry, physician assistant and pharmacy students together : Click here to watch the video on Vimeo.
Rima Khankan, MS, PhD
Rima Khankan, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Bakersfield. She obtained her Master of Science in Biology and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biotechnology from California State University, Los Angeles. She completed her PhD in Pathobiology from Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she studied the regulation of extracellular matrix molecules in retinal pigment epithelial cells and their role in retinal fibrosis.
Dr. Khankan teaches Applied Medical Sciences for the Physician Assistant Program and Applied Biomedical Sciences as well as Neurophysiology for the Optometry Program. She has also teaching responsibilities in the Master of Science in Vision Science and the international Master in Clinical Optometry Programs. Her research interests include ocular disease and early detection of age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Khankan runs the Anatomage virtual cadaver technology. She is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Physician Assistant Education Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Biomedical Science Educators SIG.