Anatomy should not be about memorization, especially for medical students. It should be about understanding.
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
This fall, thousands of students will take their first courses in gross anatomy. For the next semester, most will concentrate their efforts on memorizing the names of anatomic structures and where they are located in the body. For some, understanding comes second—if at all. Not so for the anatomy students in Professor Mark Nielsen’s class at the University of Utah.
Nielsen, Executive Editor for AnatomyOne, has taught more than 10,000 students over the past twenty years. During that time he has developed a method to help students recognize the patterns of body structures.
"Anatomy should not be about memorization, especially for medical students. It should be about understanding," says Nielsen. "Understanding structural patterns can reduce the amount of memorization students have to do and it brings a depth of understanding that means they will remember the whys, as well as the hows."
In May 2012, Nielsen presented the story and patterns of the cranial nerves to an auditorium of colleagues from around the world at the HAPS (Human Anatomy and Physiology Society) annual meeting. Fascinated and enthralled, the professors in the room took copious notes, looking to capture the threads of this important way to look at the design of the human body. Afterward, many were making plans to incorporate similar teaching patterns into their own curriculum.
Nielsen’s body patterns are debuted in AnatomyOne, an online resource that helps medical students master gross anatomy. For more information, visit http://www.anatomyone.com or http://www.facebook.com/anatomyone.
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