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Oxytocin: A History and Overview via “Whiteboard Animation”

Objective: Whiteboard animation-style presentations provide information via a digital storytelling technique of a visual video written/drawn onto a whiteboard-like surface with a concurrent auditory narration that explains the educational material. They implement a multi-modal learning approach to information presentation and have been proven to increase interest, engagement, and content retention and understanding. This whiteboard animation-inspired educational video aims to provide a history and overview of oxytocin. The video utilizes a background context of maternal mortality to introduce the hormone’s utility.


Methods: A presentation was organized to present oxytocin’s chemical structure, physiological site of production, historical discovery and development, mechanism of action, indications, literary analysis, ethical discussions, and approved on- and off-label uses. Separate video visual and audio components were recorded. Basic movie editing software and techniques combined the visual and audio to create a complete whiteboard animation-style presentation.


Results: The twelve-minute video reviewing oxytocin is currently available for viewing on a medical school course webpage for visibility by other students enrolled in the course.


Conclusion/ Discussion: This whiteboard animation video allows learners to learn about oxytocin and explore this unique style of educational tool. By reviewing current literature and discourse surrounding oxytocin use, this resource aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of clinical context and considerations for use in a multi-modal learning approach to improve retention and engagement. Whiteboard animation should be considered as an effective method for teaching.

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2022, Student, Resident, Clerkship Director, Medical Knowledge, Lecture, Independent Study,

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Student,Resident,Clerkship Director,
Medical Knowledge,
Lecture,Independent Study,
Clinical Focus

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Shae Jansen, MD; Megan Christman, DO

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