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  • 5 stars

    The videos are free, well organized, easy to follow, and extremely comprehensive. They could be used to replace a cadaver lab. There is also an option to download the videos.  Streaming videos or downloading videos may be difficult in areas of low bandwidth.

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  • 5 stars

    The website provides a free comprehensive library of voice-over PowerPoint anatomy lecture videos as well as a You Tube channel with cadaver dissections. The content is at the medical student level and the lectures are very clear and straightforward. We found the clinical cases discussed during the lectures especially useful.  The anatomy lab videos are no longer available on the MacAnatomy website; however, all cadaver dissections can be accessed through their public YouTube channel. We see the potential this has as a stand-alone course in anatomy; however it lacks a course schedule, lab assignments, and testing material.

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  • 4 stars

    This atlas provides excellent detailed videos of real cadaver demonstrations, with clear narrations and verbal labeling, and the content is at a medical student level. It is also available in DVD, a great option for areas of low bandwidth or unstable internet. However, it is not free, there are no written labels, and it lacks the structure of an Anatomy lecture or lab, providing no quizzes/exams and no corresponding text book. For these reasons we give this resource 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • 4 stars

    This free resource features videos of cadaver dissections. The videos are comprehensive for an Anatomy Lab, and the topics are well organized. QuickTime is necessary to stream the videos, which may be a problem in areas of low bandwidth. Also, at times the videos are slightly blurry. For a school without a cadaver lab, these dissections would be very useful. However, without a lab schedule or evaluation method this could not fully replace an Anatomy Lab.

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  • 3 stars

    This resource provides various apps, videos, and downloadable programs with detailed 3D computer graphics of anatomy structures. The visuals are clean, detailed, interactive, and up to a medical student’s level. However, there are no corresponding lectures, there are no quizzes/exams, and no textbook material is provided. For these reasons, this resource gets 3 out of 5 stars.

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  • 3 stars

    This resource provides PowerPoint lectures with an off-screen narrator. They are clear and easy to follow however the topics are not comprehensive. It could be used as an adjunct to lectures for certain topics, but it could not replace all of the necessary didactics of an anatomy course. Very few of the topics are available for free. A monthly subscription is necessary for full access to all topics. Also topics are a bit disorganized and only provide titles so it is hard to get an idea of what will be covered under each topic.

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  • 3 stars

    This website offers a comprehensive full Anatomy Lab course with detailed videos and pictures. The interactive flashcards make a great study tool for students. However, this could not be used to replace an entire standard anatomy course. Also, you have to purchase a year subscription to access all the lessons.

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  • 3 stars

    This free resource would make great supplemental study material for students. The content is comprehensive and well organized. We especailly liked the interactive diagrams  and the are quizzes at the end of each topic are great review tools.  However, this does not replace any portion of an Anatomy lecture which is why we only rate it 3 out of 5 stars. Also, the site at times runs very slow, and may require a high bandwidth connection. 

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  • 2 stars

    The course material may not be up to medical school standards, and the course is very expensive. However, the videos are clear, detailed, and well organized, and are available for DVD and therefore do not require fast internet speeds for streaming or downloading. If viewed before starting a medical school anatomy course, this might help prepare students for the course. However, it could not replace the didactic or laboratory components of a standard medical school anatomy course.

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  • 2 stars

    This free resource is not a full Anatomy lecture or lab and only respresents a random collection of topics. The topics are covered by well explained videos that are less than ten minutes long. This resource also provides video quizzes which would be helpful for student review. We also found the site disorganized and hard to navigate.

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  • 2 stars

    This resource could be a top pick, but the access is limited to University of Michigan students with only a few areas that are free to the public. The site includes a lab manual with videos, lectures, and picture diagrams for a list of dissections, however many of these dissections require a Michigan login. Due to the lack fo accessability, we give this resource 2 out of 5 stars.

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  • 1 star

    Although Professor Diamond is an entertaining lecturer, the lack of pictures and diagrams prevents this resource from supplementing or replacing any standard Anatomy lecture course. Also, the video quality at times is poor and blurry making it hard to read the hand drawn charts and diagrams that are being projected in the classroom. The lectures are easily accessible and free to the public on the YouTube site, and the lecturer is very knowledgeable with a clear speaking voice. It is a full course covering General Human Anatomy. 

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  • 1 star

    For anatomy courses without cadavers, the table offers a very realistic virtual cadaver. However, the cost of this table is extremely high, estimated at $60,000 which may be prohibitive for some medical schools. Also delivery can be an issue since the table is large and heavy. Do the the extremely high cost alone and we rated this resource 1 out of 5 stars. 

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  • 1 star

    This material is too basic to be used for a medical school anatomy course. It could be used to prepare students for their first anatomy course. 

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  • 1 star

    This resource is a mobile app featuring an atlas for human anatomy. It does not teach anatomy and could not replace any portion of an anatomy course. It costs $3 to purchase. The diagrams are detailed but not indexed well. While the mobility of having Gray’s in your pocket is appealing it would not replace the need for a real atlas as a book or e-book.

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