Lonie Salkowski, M.D., is not only one of the Department’s valued radiologists in breast imaging; she also recently received an additional master’s degree. Through an RSNA Education Scholars grant, Dr. Salkowski was able to further her interest in higher education and received her Master’s in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin in May 2013.
The focus of her capstone project was centered on bringing about reform in anatomical medical education. Entitled, “A Paradigm Shift in Teaching Anatomy: Development of new Educational Methods for Health Care Professionals to learn Anatomy through Radiology Correlation,” her project explores sensory learning modalities such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic to better help graduate anatomy students study more effectively.
Dr. Salkowski’s interest in education has led her to co-author a textbook, “Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy,” now in its 4th edition, which has been translated into five foreign languages.
In addition to her master’s degree, Dr. Salkowski is also the newly appointed to be co-director of anatomy for the University of Wisconsin along with Dr. Karen Krabbenhoft of UW SMPH’s Department of Neuroscience. This position includes assisting in integrating anatomical education throughout the four years of medical education. This will include bridging the first year anatomy course with the various required electives including the neuroscience course and radiology elective.
Dr. Salkowski’s newly earned master’s degree will no doubt aide her in making effective and lasting changes to the anatomy curriculum, and the Department of Radiology is looking forward to supporting her in her new role.