Host Kevin Patton discusses the fact that many students hate histology. And perhaps even some faculty. Are there any ways to fix that? Kevin thinks he may have found a breakthrough idea.
00:00 | Introduction
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02:25 | Why Do Students Hate Histology?
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17:06 | Birding For Tissues
39:15 | Sponsored by HAPS
40:14 | A Breakthrough
51:25 | Staying Connected
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Why Do Students Hate Histology?
Students often hate histology. At least they start off that way. Why is that? Maybe because histology is not simple. It's stratified.
★ Jackson Pollock and His Paintings (the more you know, right?) AandP.info/3x0
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Birding For Tissues
One approach to making histology more interesting—and perhaps easier—is to share and teach our expert eye. As when learning to identify animals such as birds from an expert. We look at what that expert looks at. In birding, Peterson called these field marks. In histology, Kevin calls these landmark characteristics.
★ Peterson Field Guide to Birds (shows birds with field marks and range maps) geni.us/gvAP411
★ An Expert Derived Feedforward Histology Module Improves Pattern Recognition Efficiency in Novice Students (journal article from Anat Sci Educ) AandP.info/2tf
★ Eye tracking reveals expertise-related differences in the time-course of medical image inspection and diagnosis (journa article from J of Medical Imaging) AandP.info/y6f
★ AAA Histology Education Resources (includes links to virtual microscope, collections, etc.) AandP.info/npu
★ Field Guide to the Human Body (web page for students; has help using Kevin's "field guide" approach to learning tissues and other body structures) AandP.info/fieldguide
★ Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology (sources for histology images—and even Jackson Pollock paintings)
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