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Anatomy Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 146262, 9 pages
Research Article

Strategic Improvements for Gross Anatomy Web-Based Teaching

1Department of Radiology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 601 North Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA
2Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, 525 E. 68th Street, F-056, New York, NY 10065, USA
3The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 601 N. Caroline Street, JHOC 5165, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA

Received 3 May 2011; Revised 10 September 2011; Accepted 24 September 2011

Academic Editor: David Kachlik

Copyright © 2012 David R. Marker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Current generations of graduate students have been immersed in technology from their early school years and have high expectations regarding digital resources. To better meet the expectations of Gross Anatomy students at our institution, electronic radiology teaching files for first-year coursework were organized into a web site. The web site was custom designed to provide material that directly correlated to the Gross Anatomy dissection and lectures. Quick links provided sets of images grouped by anatomic location. Additionally, Lab and Study Companions provided specific material for the students to review prior to and after lectures and gross dissections. Student opinions of this education resource were compared to student opinions of the prior year’s digital teaching files. The new content was ranked as more user friendly (3.1 points versus 2.3 points) and more useful for learning anatomy (3.3 points versus 2.6 points). Many students reported that using the web portal was critical in helping them to better understand relationships of anatomical structures. These findings suggest that a well-organized web portal can provide a user-friendly, valuable educational resource for medical students who are studying Gross Anatomy.