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Peter J. Ward, Ph.D.

Peter J. Ward, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy
Biomedical Sciences

Email: pward@osteo.wvsom.edu
Phone: (304) 647-6371
Fax: (304) 645-4859
Office: A331

 

Education / Training

Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. U.S.A. Awarded May 2005

M.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. U.S.A. Awarded May 2002

B.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. U.S.A. Awarded May 1996

Research Interests

My research investigates how medical students, particularly those in the 1st and 2nd year, learn. The goal of this program is to identify approaches to learning and teaching that lead to sophisticated (success on exams), durable (success of follow-up and board exams), and useful (success applying learning during clinical scenarios) knowledge of the anatomical sciences.

In addition to education, I also conduct research on lesser-known anatomical structures, their clinical importance, and how their existence impacts medical education.

While not actual research, I also have created several tactile models that demonstrate the functional anatomy related to the physical exam. In this way, students are able to experience the sensation of examining joints that can be toggled between "intact" and "ruptured".

By feeling both states (instead of just in the intact state with a healthy partner), students will be better able to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. This is a joint project between WVSOM and Bone Clones, Inc. I also create short teaching videos for "Clinical Anatomy Explained!" on youtube.

Research publications, peer reviewed

  1. Thompson AR, Kelso RS, Ward PJ, Wines K, Hanna JB (2016) Assessment Driven Learning: the Use of Higher-Order and Discipline-Integrated Questions on Gross Anatomy Practical Examinations. Medical Science Educator. Early view:1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s40670-016-0306-z

  2. Moccia D, Nackashi A, Schilling R, Ward PJ (2016) Fascial bundles of the infraspinatus fascia: anatomy, function, and clinical considerations. Journal of Anatomy. 228(1):176-183. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12386

  3. Schweller E, Ward PJ (2015) Posterolateral corner knee injuries – a review of anatomy and clinical evaluation. Journal of American Osteopathic Association. 115(12):725-731. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2105.148

  4. Ward PJ (2014) Bilateral dermal cyst in the white matter tracts from cerebrum to cerebellum of a female cadaver. International Journal of Anatomical Variations 7:71-73. ISSN: 1308-4038

  5. Ward PJ (2013) Sword-cutting practice of feudal Japan: Anatomical considerations of tameshigiri. Journal of Asian Martial Arts 22(1):1-18

  6. Kahkeshani K, Ward PJ (2012) Connection between the spinal dura mater and suboccipital musculature: evidence for the myodural bridge and a route for its dissection-a review. Clinical Anatomy 25(4):415-422. DOI: 10.1102/ca.21261

  7. Ward PJ (2011) Influence of study approaches on academic outcomes during pre-clinical medical education. Medical Teacher 33(12):e651-e662. DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.610843

  8. Ward PJ (2011) First year medical students’ approaches to study and the outcomes in a gross anatomy course. Clinical Anatomy 24(1):120-127. DOI: 10.1002/ca.21071

  9. Ward PJ, Walker JJ (2008) The influence of study methods and knowledge processing on academic success and long-term recall of anatomy learning by first-year veterinary students. Anatomical Sciences Education 1(2):68-74. DOI: 10.1002/ase.19

Scholarly publications, not peer reviewed

  1. Ward PJ. Senior Associate Editor. The Netter Collection: The Digestive System I – Upper Digestive Tract, 2nd Ed. Chief Editor: James C. Reynolds, MD. Elsevier. June 2016.

  2. Ward PJ. Senior Associate Editor. The Netter Collection: The Digestive System II – Lower Digestive Tract, 2nd Ed. Chief Editor: James C. Reynolds, MD. Elsevier. June 2016.

  3. Ward PJ. Senior Associate Editor. The Netter Collection: The Digestive System III – Liver, Biliary Tracts, and Pancreas, 2nd Ed. Chief Editor: James C. Reynolds, MD. Elsevier. June 2016.

  4. Ward PJ. Variations of the Humerus. In: Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variations. Editors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, MD, R. Shane Tubbs, PhD, Marios Loukas, MD, PhD. Wiley. June 2016.

  5. Ward PJ. Variations of the Scapula. In: Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variations. Editors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, MD, R. Shane Tubbs, PhD, Marios Loukas, MD, PhD. Wiley. June 2016.

  6. Ward PJ. Getting the most out of a professional meeting. In: A successful academic career, research, and papers: guidelines for biomedical students, residents, and researchers. Editors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, MD, R. Shane Tubbs, PhD, Sandra M. Buerger, PhD, Anthony V. D'Antoni, DC, PhD, Marios Loukas, MD, PhD. Wiley (May 2017). In publication.

Selected Recent Conference abstracts

  1. Haag A, Ward PJ. (2018) Post-Polio Syndrome in the Gross Anatomy Lab. Poster – 2018 meeting of the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine. New Orleans, LA. USA

  2. Ward PJ. (2018) The anatomy-intensive elective: an optional rotation highlighting anatomy and effective communication. Platform presentation – 2018 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Atlanta, GA. USA.

  3. Kent L, Ward PJ. (2018) A student-sponsored series of talks on the History of Medicine. Poster – 2018 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Atlanta, GA. USA.

  4. Haag A, Ward PJ. (2017) Encountering the Chondroepitrochlearis Muscle in the Gross Anatomy Lab. Poster presentation - 2017 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Minneapolis, MN. USA

  5. Ward PJ. (2016) Tactile anatomical models to improve student competency in physical examination. Tech Fair - 2016 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Oakland, CA. USA

  6. Morgan, BD and Ward PJ. (2016) Residual liver spheres – a strange post-cremation artifact. Poster - 2016 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Oakland, CA. USA

  7. Ward PJ. (2016) Remediation in an Integrated Medical School Curriculum - Lessons Learned. Platform Presentation-2016 meeting of the American Association of Anatomists. San Diego, CA. USA

  8. Ward PJ. (2014) An anatomy intensive elective – a competency-focused review of clinical anatomy prior to residency. Platform presentation-2014 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Orlando, FL. USA. Clinical Anatomy 27(8):1327.

  9. Wines K, Ward PJ. (2014) An interactive redesign of the anatomy lab tour program for health and science students. Poster presentation-2014 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Orlando, FL. USA. Clinical Anatomy 27(8):1327.

  10. Ward PJ. (2013) Study Approaches, study methods, academic success and recall of anatomical learning. Platform presentation-2013 meeting of the American Association of Anatomists. Boston, MA.
    Ward PJ. (2012) Fascia superficial to the longissimus thoracis muscle–a pilot study. Poster-2012 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. St. George University, Grenada. Clinical Anatomy 25(7):953.

  11. Ward PJ. (2012) Anatomical considerations of tameshi-giri: test-cutting in historical Japan. Poster-2012 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. St. George University, Grenada. Clinical Anatomy 25(7):953.

  12. Ward PJ. (2011) Qualitative methods in anatomical education research. Platform Presentation-2011 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Columbus, OH. USA

  13. Ward PJ. (2010) First-year medical students’ approaches to study and performance in the gross anatomy course. Platform Presentation-2010 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Honolulu, HI. Clinical Anatomy 23 (8):1038.

  14. Ward PJ, Hanna JB. (2009) AnataChat: Benefits and Pitfalls of Using a Chatroom to Complement a Medical Gross Anatomy Course. Poster-2009 meeting of American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Cleveland, OH. Clinical Anatomy 23(4).

  15. Ward PJ. (2008) Dissection-based anatomy retreats – An international exchange stretching from the busy streets of Tokyo to the hills of West Virginia. Poster-2008 meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Toronto, Canada. Clinical Anatomy 21(8):841.

  16. Walker JJ, Ward P. (2007) Training the Next Generation of Anatomists: Anatomy Training Meets Educational Research. Platform presentation-2007 meeting of American Association of Anatomists. Washington, D.C.