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Yasmin Carter PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S7-119
Worcester MA 01655
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    University of Bristol, Bristol, , United KingdomBAArchaeology
    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CanadaMAAnthropology
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CanadaPHDAnatomy & Cell Biology

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    Yasmin Carter Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Founding Director of the Innovations Lab @UMMS.  Dr. Carter completed her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her Master's at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol, England. She undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada.

    Dr. Carter serves as a core anatomy faculty member in both the lab and lecture hall in the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course for first-year medical students.  Her interests focus on using anatomy as a keystone for teaching transgender healthcare content and best practices to medical students and professionals and is a frequent guest speaker on the topic. With a mission to advance health equity for gender minorities, Dr. Carter created a module introducing the basic concepts of sex and gender into anatomical curriculums which was implemented here at UMMS and shared internationally. Dr. Carter has set a trajectory that has an influence on education and direct outcomes for patient care.

    Her research includes projects on the incorporation of LGBTQ+ competencies into the undergraduate medical education and the creation of educational materials for allied health professionals in the anatomy of post-surgical gender affirmation interventions.

    Dr. Carter also runs the Translational Anatomy Innovations Lab @UMMS, a ‘maker-space’ dedicated to creative and out-of-the-box thinking in medical education. The lab focuses on using innovative and interactive instructional strategies and techniques to improve student engagement and learning outcomes that align with their professional goals. Through the use of virtual and augmented reality models, the goal is to teach anatomy in 4-dimensions more representative of live anatomy making it increasingly applicable to patients. An initiative focused on the creation of an anatomically accurate model of the deltoid for pediatric injection training was awarded a Remillard Family Community Service Fund in 2019. Many projects in the lab focus on the creation and assessment of 3D models - both virtual and physical for anatomical learning. Capstone student projects in the lab include 3D Modeling of Female Pelvis with Hillary Mullan ‘SOM20, winner of the 2019 Massachusetts Medical Society’s 18th annual Information Technology in Medicine Award.

    In addition to her full-time appointment at UMMS, Dr. Carter is an adjunct faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) School of Optometry and is an anatomical consultant and course author for the Apple Design Award winning app “Complete Anatomy” by 3D4medical. Dr. Carter writes and conducts research in the fields of bone biology and human osteology.

    In addition to many service contributions at UMMS, Dr. Carter is also involved on the national level with multiple professional organizations including roles as:  

    The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) - 2020 - 2021 Annual Meeting Co-Chair and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Member of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) Work Group on Gender Diversity. Member of the Elsevier Advisory Board on 3D Anatomy. 

    Find her on twitter at @DrYasminCarter


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    Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014–2015 Department of Medical Imaging, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Focal Project: “Incorporating Clinical Imaging into the Undergraduate Curriculum”

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    1. Carter Y, Bennett DJ, Molla V, Wink AE, Collins AJ, Giannaris EL. A case of distal limb arterial tortuosity and dilation: observations and potential clinical significance. Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2021 Jun 01. PMID: 34060644.
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    2. Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Incorporating LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Gender-Neutral Considerations into Medical School Anatomical Education: First Steps. 2020; S1(34):1-1.
    3. Mullan, H.E. and Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Creating a 3D Printed Model of the Female Perineum to Supplement Traditional Cadaveric Education. 2020; S1(34):1-1.
    4. Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Trouble with Terminology: Confounding of The Terms “Sex” And “Gender” In the Anatomical Literature. 2019; S1(33):438-3.
    5. Ashique, A.M., Hart, L.S., Thomas, C.D.L., Clement, J.G., Pivonka, P., Carter, Y., Mousseau, D.D. and Cooper, D.M.L., . Lacunar-canalicular network in femoral cortical bone is reduced in aged women and is predominantly due to a loss of canalicular porosity. Bone reports. 2017; 7:9-16.
    6. Carter Y. The role of civility in trying times. Anatomy Now. 2017.
    7. Maggiano IS, Maggiano CM, Clement JG, Thomas CD, Carter Y, Cooper DM. Three-dimensional reconstruction of Haversian systems in human cortical bone using synchrotron radiation-based micro-CT: morphology and quantification of branching and transverse connections across age. J Anat. 2016 May; 228(5):719-32. PMID: 26749084.
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    8. Carter Y, McKenzie A, Costa J, Burbridge B. . Adaptation of an internet-based DICOM viewer for use with the Medical Imaging Resource Center–Teaching File System (MIRC-TFS). The FASEB Journal. 2015; 1_Suppleme(29):692-7.
    9. Carter Y, Suchorab JL, Thomas CD, Clement JG, Cooper DM. Normal variation in cortical osteocyte lacunar parameters in healthy young males. J Anat. 2014 Sep; 225(3):328-36. PMID: 25040136; PMCID: PMC4166973.
    10. Carter Y, Thomas CDL, Clement JG, Cooper DML. Femoral osteocyte lacunar density, volume and morphology in women across the lifespan. J Struct Biol. 2013 Sep; 183(3):519-526. PMID: 23872433.
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    11. Zhu Z, Wahid K, Babyn P, Cooper D, Pratt I, Carter Y. Improved compressed sensing-based algorithm for sparse-view CT image reconstruction. Comput Math Methods Med. 2013; 2013:185750. PMID: 23606898; PMCID: PMC3626221.
    12. Swanston T, Carter Y, Hopkins C, Walker EG, Cooper DM. . Developmental Fusion of the Malleus and Incus in a Late 19th-Century Case of Aural Atresia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 2013; 5(23):612-7.
    13. Carter Y, Thomas CD, Clement JG, Peele AG, Hannah K, Cooper DM. Variation in osteocyte lacunar morphology and density in the human femur--a synchrotron radiation micro-CT study. Bone. 2013 Jan; 52(1):126-32. PMID: 22995461.
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    14. Cooper DM, Chapman LD, Carter Y, Wu Y, Panahifar A, Britz HM, Bewer B, Zhouping W, Duke MJ, Doschak M. Three dimensional mapping of strontium in bone by dual energy K-edge subtraction imaging. Phys Med Biol. 2012 Sep 21; 57(18):5777-86. PMID: 22948244.
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    15. Britz HM, Carter Y, Jokihaara J, Leppänen OV, Järvinen TL, Belev G, Cooper DM. Prolonged unloading in growing rats reduces cortical osteocyte lacunar density and volume in the distal tibia. Bone. 2012 Nov; 51(5):913-9. PMID: 23046687.
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    16. Carter Y. Through a Glass, Darkly: Clouded Perceptions of Feminist and Gender Archaeology. Journal of the University of Manitoba Anthropology Students' Association. 2010; 28(10).
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