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Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

Anatomy study can be made more efficient and engaging!

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The genesis of the ideas behind the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) occurred years ago when I noticed how my students at various universities ranging from University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine to San Diego State University would study anatomy and physiology. The drill was to memorize, memorize, memorize. Anatomy was not so much a disciple that encouraged critical thinking but more a boot camp course. The smart students were able to handle the material but many had no way to handle the wealth of assigned and supplemental material required to mastery anatomy in such a short time. How to help these students remained one of my enduring thoughts & interests. 

Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) is the product of those experiences and thoughts and creates an efficient engaging way to study Human Anatomy!

It was only with the advent of the web was I able to write the programs to present Anatomy in a coherent form. Initially, I started making digital Flashcards but I soon discovered that it was not enough to help them assemble the multiple facts to have a coherent idea of how the structures worked.  Flashcards helped to memorize the material but not to fully understand and master it. 

Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) is based on a simple premise that if the anatomy study material is all assembled in one site with associated self-examinations, and that it is digital & works on all the devices they use, the student can master the data when and where they have the time. Of course many other approaches have been tried but this is the first one to be completely digital but more importantly it brings all the material together in a coherent form by way of the Learning Tables.  It is an ideal supplement to any anatomy course. 

Hopefully, this approach will allow the student not only to master anatomy from an academic point of view but also to have some time to appreciate the beauty of Anatomy.  Please let me know your thoughts at bob@digitalanatomyflashcards.com.

Bob Pozos, Ph.D. Professor San Diego State University and co-creator of Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why use Anatomy Flashcard Learning System for human anatomy study?
    • Only all digital human anatomy learning resource with flashcards, learning tables and assessment exercises all in one place
    • Supports all major computers platforms, phones and tablets
    • Interactive, innovative and engaging ways to learn and access anatomy knowledge
    • Supports both regional and systemic approaches to anatomy learning
    • Designed for college level learning and to assist those studying and reviewing medical, nursing, allied health and related allied health science disciplines
  • What is included in Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS)?
    • Digital Flashcard Set to assess and reinforce anatomy knowledge
    • Comprehensive Learning Tables that give key structure information that is normally tested for
    • Interactive structure identification, tables, images and flow charts to learn and assess student's anatomy understanding 
  • Is Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) a downloaded product?
    • No, it is a product you access and use anytime you are on the Internet.  We wanted to make sure AFLS would work on all devices and found that it was very difficult to have such a compatible product be downloaded to phones and tablets.
  • Does Anatomy Flashcard Learning System support a "regional" approach to studying human anatomy? Does it support a "systemic" approach to study?
    • Anatomy Flashcard Learning System has separate sections that cover both regional and systemic approaches for the study of human anatomy in the same product at one low cost!   Whether your class is taught from a regional or systemic approach, students will find AFLS a comprehensive set of study aides and tools..
  • What does Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) cover?
    • Structural identification of muscles, bones, nervous, veins, arteries and viscera
    • Comprehensive key concept coverage of muscles, bones, nervous, veins, arteries and viscera.
      • Muscles: Blood Supply, Nerve Innervation, Origins & Attachments
      • Nerves: Origin, Branches, Motor Innervation, Sensory Innervation
      • Vascular: Origin, Course, Branches, Distribution
      • Viscera: Function, Location, Bloody Supply, Innervation 
  • Does Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) support iPADS? Windows? iPhones?Android tablets and phones?
    • AFLS is supported by all major tablets and cellphones.
  • What education level of human anatomy does Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) fit?
    • Anatomy Flashcard Learning System is designed for of college human anatomy courses.  It is a great review tool for medical, nursing and allied health students who need to "bone-up" on their anatomy knowledge.  It also does fit the needs of advanced high school human science.  It is also excellent for disciplines like massage, yoga, martial arts and other training courses; medical hospital coders, medical device and pharmaceutical sales representative training: and other similar professions.  
  • How would a student normally use Anatomy Flashcard Learning System?
    • Anatomy Flashcard Learning System  is designed to be an educational supplement for students studying anatomy. The sections, or  "books" in AFLS can be easily rearranged so that they follow the curriculum of each professor. AFLS has Flashcards and Learning Exercises to assess the students current understanding of the material after lecture, textbooks and other methods of study.  ALFS has Learning Tables that are an abstract of the information that professors will teach in the traditional classroom so the student can effiencently learn any key information they are not retaining.
  • It seems as if Anatomy Flashcard Learning System could be used as a study guide?
    • Absolutely!  Anatomy Flashcard Learning System has the anatomical systems and regions presented in a manner that can assist the students to understand the concepts that they are studying. It does present all the major components usually found in courses so it could support the curriculum since the books are easily rearranged. It offers many means of tactile interaction to assess and reinforce a students knowledge.
  • How would you use Anatomy Flashcard Learning System Learning Tables to generate questions for student exams?
    • The tables are arranged so that regions or systems present all the pertinent information a student is normally expect to know. It is presented in a table format so that the faculty can easily see the information and therefore can ask questions on systems or regions that normally overlap. This approach encourages the student to “see” all the information required as well as nearby, related structures. AFLS makes learning anatomy easier since the student can see the overlap and differences of anatomical structures. Short answer: the tables can be easily used for generating simple answers to complex questions.
  • How often do the students use the interactive functions of the Learning Tables?
    • The Learning Tables can be used either after using the flashcards to assess their grasp of knowledge for a specific anatomical structure area, or as a quick, distilled method to review the anatomical information after the class lecture and textbook. The Learning Exercises attached to the Learning Tables include Structure Identification Interactive Tables, and Interactive Images and Flow Chart Learning Exercises for whichever anatomical structure or system that students are studying. 
  • Why does Anatomy Flashcard Learning System need more than just Flashcards?
    • We started with the idea that we would just make innovative anatomy flashcards but quickly realized that flashcards without core knowledge was not enough. We found that student do not want to jump around from flashcards, textbooks, class notes when they are in the stage where they assess their knowledge by self quizzing then correcting. Having interactive learning tables and exercises were needed, with flashcards to make a strong assessment and  reinforcement tool for students. Flashcards are a learning strong tool, Anatomy Flashcard Learning System has made them more useful by adding Learning Tables and Exercises to make student assessment study more efficient and successful!
  • Not all systems have a description of their pathways also called course. Why not?
    • Some systems require different approaches. For example the nervous system presents both motor and sensory components whereas the circulation system has both arteries and veins as separate sections so it is easy to add the course of large systems in the circulation section. We also found that adding the category of pathways for all systems became unwieldy and confused students.
  • Why do you present both arteries and veins as starting from heart?
    • Although the venous blood returns to the heart, we found it best to present the arteries and veins based on their size and not their physiology. Thus we present the large veins first even though they receive the blood from many smaller vessels.  In many courses, veins are presented in a superficial manner, but we wanted to present enough information for students to master both the arterial and venous sides. 
  • What are the ISBN and UPC codes for the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System 1 Year Personal Subscription?

    • ASIN  B00UNQ2BLM

    • UPC   743724213539

    • ISBN  10: 0996198709

    • ISBN  13: 9780996198707

 

THE TEAM

Director - Dr. Robert Pozos

Dr. Pozos has taught and done research at universities in biology and anatomy for over 30 years, ranging from University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine, to San Diego State University. He has seen first-hand the educational challenges students face.  Over the last 10 years he's been focused on blending traditional teaching methods with online course tools, delivery & management to teach students in new, engaging and innovative ways.

Sales/Marketing - Neal Alen

Neal has been involved in the technology for education marketplace since 1992, working for such leaders as Autodesk, Zenith Data Systems and Ashton Tate. He has had major executive marketing roles at digital health science software and application developers such as Primal Pictures and ADAM Software.   Neal brings a strong experience & understanding of what students, instructors and administrators are looking for in health science education study tools and aides.

Design/Software Development - Josh Dion

Joshua has worked with Dr Pozos for the last ten years helping develop creative innovative web-based educational software..  He has a strong commitment to the idea that online education should be more than an exercise in reading and doing multiple choice questions.   He leverages his significant talents to making Anatomy Flashcard Learning System as interactive and intuitive as possible.

Lead Developer - Daniel Muse

Daniel has had extensive experience working with undergraduate/graduate students as they take web-based courses. His experience and practical sense has made Anatomy Flashcard Learning System an effective and coherent system targeted for any student regardless of their learning approach.

Developer - Alicia Leon

Alicia brings her considerable skills in graphic design as well as her knowledge of Anatomy to make each page of AFLS welcoming to the students. She worked closely with Dr. Pozos to develop the nerve and circulation maps so that they would easily understood by students.