Anatomical Illustrations for eLearning Modules

A range of anatomical illustrations for educational purposes

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Client: Royal College of Surgeons’ of Edinburgh
Medium: Digital, (Photoshop)
Categories: Digital Systems

Royal College of Surgeon’s of Edinburgh eLearning

A Range of Medical Illustrations for eLearning Modules

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today the Royal College of Surgeons is a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales. Their membership includes people at every stage of their career, from medical students through to trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

Creation of Medical Illustrations

The Royal College of Surgeons commissioned the team at to work on completing medical art for an eLearning system. The large number of illustrations are to be completed over a minimum 12 month period and will complete a series of modules.  Each module is to cover varying anatomical content with briefs supplied by the clinical leads or surgeons. The briefs contain a detailed written descriptions ready for the creation of custom illustrations, whereby the new illustrations are incorporated into the eLearning modules ready to enhance the written content for use as an internal educational system. The illustrations to have a perfect level of anatomical accuracy and in order to do this the illustration process follows a system of pencil drawings that are sent for review. The approved pencil drawings are then scanned and completed as full colour and realism style illustrations.

Examples of Modules

Dyspepsia Dysphagia and Vomiting e-select module

We were commissioned to produce oesophagus anatomy illustrations and the development of the Gi mortality illustration including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) which is a very common condition and refers to the refluxing of gastric contents into the oesophagus.

We were to show how the gastro-oesophageal reflux becomes pathological when the symptoms become severe or chronic and when there are signs of mucosal damage. There are a number of secondary causes or risk factors including obesity, smoking, alcohol, hiatus hernia, oesophageal dysmotility and a number of medical comorbidities. The anatomy illustrations to also include a range of hernias’s and a sliding hiatus hernia that disrupt the lower oesophageal sphincter.

Female Breast and Breast Conditions e-select module

Breast conditions such as juvenile fibroadenoma were to be illustrated which is a mass found in teenage women. These can grow large enough to distort the breast. The illustration needed to depict a normal breast size for a teenager and to show the comparison fibroadenoma in the opposite breast.

“Joanna has a great eye for detail and the illustrations were loved by everyone, most especially by the client.”Stuart Banks, Digital Project Manager, Frontera
“Joanna was right at home working with us to develop illustrations that both met our clinical needs and fit perfectly into the aesthetics of our user interface. Her work is superb!”Michael Gold , Director of Product Development, CareCloud
“We have now received the new folder with your illustrations: I love it!”Lisa Ruckstuhl - Product Manager Osteoporosis, Daiichi Sankyo (Schweiz) AG
“I’m really pleased with how the book finally looks and that is in part huge thanks to Jo for such fantastic and skilled art. The level of detail that Jo achieves is incredible and her medical knowledge clearly abounds. She is always such a pleasure to work with – nothing is too big or small a job. It was all approached with the same cheery manner! Jo always delivered on deadlines too, which is a huge relief to us designers! Many thanks – it has indeed been a pleasure. I would have no hesitation to recommend Jo!”Senior Designer, Duncan Baird Publishers
“Joanna and her team are a pleasure to work with. They are responsive and creative. They turned around several excellent animations and drawings for our video series. We certainly would enjoy working with them again!”David Mathison, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Pediatric Transport, Children's National Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Joanna has provided the core illustrations for a number of our iPad Apps, and her illustrations have received terrific reviews from our users. She understands our requirements clearly and also understands the specifics of illustrating for digital media and mobile applications. The quality of her work is outstanding, and she can be relied upon to hit deadlines and deliver to the exact clinical requirements of each project.”Todd Morgan, Co-Founder, drawMD
“Hello Tim and Joanna,
Thank you for the illustrations, you have done an outstanding job on the finished articles… The service provided was efficient and very thorough, we were very happy with the way you able to understand and translate the brief into an illustration which captured the desired output.”Clare Lynex, Senior Medical Writer, UBM Media Asia, Singapore
“We found to be energetic, imaginative, and efficient, a joy to work with!”Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London