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Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

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"At the end of the day."..
As I write this blog, students are outside my office- talking about Anatomy. It is Fall Semester and students nationwide are taking a course in Human Anatomy. Here are some suggestions of how you can pass the course:
1. Remember that the Anatomy course is a "boot camp" experience. It is intense due to the amount of material that you are required to memorize. So, do not get too anxious since anxiety is the best way to erase memories.
2. Approach anatomy with a stratregic mindset. What is it that you are required to know? Do not get distracted by the amount of material. Find the easiest way to have the information you have to master. AFLS has interactive tables with all the information you are required to know. Many students spend half the semester making up their own flashcards, study sheets without realizing that it has already been done for them in AFLS
3. Test your mastery of the material by using some testing approach different from the one that you are studying. If you study by drawing and labelling anatomical structures then go to AFLS which has interactive tables that you must complete.
4. Use your time wisely and efficiently. AFLS can be downloaded onto cell phones and IPads.When you have even 30 minutes, go to AFLS and quizz yourself using the Flashcards or the interactive tables.
5. Use your time wisely in the classroom. Listen to your instructors and upperclassmen as to what is emphasized in the class. Most information presented in class is found in textbooks and AFLS so take notes wisely. What are the big items that they are emphasizing?
6. Finally, do not worry about minor items presented in class. If there is a question on the exam that is confusing, everyone in class will get it wrong. Focus on the big picture first.
I tell my students to strategize about taking content demanding courses. Once you do that you will excel in mastery the exams which "at the end of the day" is what counts.
The Anatomy Flashcard Learning System can be seen at


Neal AlenComment

There has been a dramatic increase in Home Schooling as an alternative to traditional educational institutions. I have had friends who did Home Schooling and I was impressed with their commitment to finding various ways to teach chemistry, physics etc. The advantage of Home Schooling is the commitment and individual attention that parents bring to address the needs of their children.  So how does a parent engage their child to learn anatomy?   First the subject is inherently interesting to students. The problem is how to enhance long term memory? Enter the world of gaming.
Nothing engages students of all ages as much as games. Games give the students a different perspective on learning material. It is fun. When material is presented in a game format it decreases the amount of anxiety. After all- it is only a game!  Ever notice how much time gamers play their computer games but can hardly focus on their chemistry or biology lessons for any more than 20 minutes. 

Using AFLS as a Game! 

AFLS can be used as tool for teaching anatomy to homeschool students since it was designed in a game format. AFLS has a build -in game in which the students have to place the correct answer in their respective boxes on the tables or place the correct descriptor in the interactive images. What makes it a game is that the student’s performance can be timed. Each student can compete with themselves or others to make the game more interesting. 

I have noticed that many University students have no idea about their own anatomy even though they know a Frog’s anatomy. If home school students use AFLS they could be well advanced over incoming freshman students from traditional high schools. As positions for various health care delivery systems such as nursing, physical therapy, pre-med etc. become more competitive, knowing human anatomy before they enter the University would enhance Home Schooled student’s chances to enter these competitive but rewarding careers. 


Recent institutional AFLS licenses supported by Stat!Ref

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We want to welcome students and staff from UCLA, Odessa College Gonzaga College, and Texas Women’s College who recently signed up for institutional licenses for AFLS set-up by our excellent support reseller Stat!Ref. 

These licenses allow students from those schools access from their own devices as well as access from institutionally owned ones!

Florida High Teacher motivates and engages students!

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Amanda Pierman, teacher at the The Benjamin School
in North Palm Beach Florida, is also working to really engage students in learning anatomy. She is having her student improve their interest and results by having them do anatomy projects using music.

Below are two of her students works:

From student Kendal Harrow -

From student Chris OConnor -

Dr Robert Pozos, co-creator of AFLS is working on college level anatomy learning tools that use music and moving colored cursors to help make learning anatomy more interesting and engaging.

The Anatomy Flashcard Learning System in another tool to assist in the learning of Anatomy.

Great job Kendal and Chris!! Thank you Amanda for pursing ways to make anatomy learning more engaging and successful with students!!

Spanish and Spanish/English versions of AFLS are now available.

Neal AlenComment

The Spanish and Spanish & English versions of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) are now available to both individuals and institutions!  

The Spanish version offers the same content as the English version of AFLS in a carefully translated version to support the Spanish and Latin America education markets.

Our very newest product offers both Spanish and English in the same AFLS license.  This product was made at the request of customers that are studying anatomy primarily in English but want Spanish terms as well to ease learning.

You can see more information on these new products at 

Texas's Women's University and Gonzaga University get institutional licenses of the AFLS

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We want to welcome Texas's Women's University and Gonzaga University as new institutional license holders of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System as supported by Stat!Ref!

Both the institutional and individual computers, tablets and smartphones will  be covered under the license that both institutions have procured.

These new licenses highlight the support and service provided by our partner Stat!Ref.

Como Superar la Dificultad de tu Clase de Anatomía

Bob PozosComment

Les relato la experiencia de una alumna…

Entro a mi oficina totalmente desanimada, estaba cursando la clase de introducción a la anatomía humana. Su promedio de calificaciones era de un 3.6 (gpa) lo cual implica que es una estudiante dedicada a sus clases, pero su instructor había logrado crear en ella una gran inseguridad en su habilidad como estudiante.

La semana pasada tuve una conversación con dos alumnos de la escuela de medicina y de la misma manera que la otra alumna, estaban desconcertados por todo el material de anatomía que tendrían que entender perfectamente.

Esto ayuda para que los estudiantes comprendan la disciplina y organización que requiere una clase tan difícil, también a crear un buen sistema de estudio.

El programa AFLS fue diseñado para los estudiantes que pasan por esta dificultad. AFLS es una guía de estudio que te ayudara en la organización y comprensión de una materia tan disciplinada. Muestra el bosque de la anatomía, un árbol a la vez.

Aquí tienen unas simples reglas que han sido de ayuda a algunos estudiantes en el pasado:

1. No te sientas confundido(a) AFLS te ofrece una manera eficaz de enfocarte en la anatomía y anula tu ansiedad de no entender la clase.

2. ¡Lee, lee y lee más!  Antes de decir que no comprendes los conceptos, esfuérzate, lee tu libro y utiliza las herramientas adicionales como AFLS.

3. ¡Haz preguntas! Pregunta desde el inicio del curso, busca como relacionar tus preguntas a conceptos específicos. No esperes hasta el examen final.

4. Examina tu conocimiento en la materia, utiliza esquemas interactivos(flashcards) y otras herramientas de estudio que se encuentran en AFLS. Examina tu conocimiento durante tu tiempo libre, cuando tomes un café, en tu hora de comida, busca esos pequeños momentos que  harán una gran diferencia el día del examen.

Un ultimo punto: No eres la primera persona que ha pasado el entrenamiento extenuante de la anatomía, ni serás la ultima. ¡Tú lo puedes lograr!


The Fall Anatomy Jitters

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She walked into my office- a defeated person. She was an academically solid (3.6 GPA) student who had just returned from her introduction to her Anatomy Course.  The professor scared her with the statement “You will have no life but anatomy for this semester”. Previously this week, I talked to two first semester medical students who were also intimidated (shocked) by the amount of material they would have to master in Anatomy.

This ritual occurs every Fall and I call it “Anatomy Boot Camp”. It ensures that students understand the demanding nature of the course and encourages them to organize their priorities and studying habits.

For the multitudes of students who will undergo this Fall tradition, AFLS was designed. It is a study guide that shows the anatomical forest rather than the trees or the twigs!

Here are some simple rules that have helped students in the past.

1.  Don't get intimidated. Get Smart!

You will perform better if you focus on how to study in a smart way rather than filling your mind with worries.

2. Read, Read, and Read some more and...

Before saying that you don't understand a concept, read about it in your textbook, handouts from your teacher, etc. Alternative study tools can also help such as AFLS.

 3. Ask Questions

Ask questions early on in the course. Tie the questions to the concepts. Do not wait until the day before the exam.

4. Quiz yourself.

Use flashcards as well as other quizzing tools, which are also found on AFLS, to constantly review the material. Quizzing yourself long before your exam (at least a few times a day), even during coffee breaks, can help you ace that test.


Final point:  you are not the first nor will you be the last to experience “Anatomy Boot Camp”.  You will make it! 

Stat!Ref signs up to be a reseller of Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

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(Press release issued by Stat!Ref August 25th, 2015

STAT!Ref Partners with the Makers of

Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

STAT!Ref has partnered with a new company, Health Science Learning Systems, in an effort to provide new and innovative multimedia healthcare technologies to complement the expansive collection of STAT!Ref resources currently available. Just announced, STAT!Ref now offers the new product Anatomy Flashcard Learning System.

 About Anatomy Flashcard Learning System

Anatomy Flashcard Learning System is an online anatomy study aid that helps students learn and assess their anatomy knowledge anytime they are online with almost any smartphone, tablet or computers. Anatomy Flashcard Learning System is made up of anatomy flashcards, interactive quizzes and distilled learning tables so students can learn efficiently.  

Developed by a university anatomy professor, Dr. Robert Pozas of San Diego State University, who saw the need of his students for a clear, easy to use, anatomy study aid available any time they had some free time: at home on their computer, on their tablet at the coffee shop, or even on their phone in the half an hour before volleyball practice!

Anatomy Flashcard Learning System helps students clear the clutter of the textbook, workbooks, flashcards, and other aids that are overwhelming and disconcerting.  With Anatomy Flashcard Learning System, students quickly assess what they know and don’t know in preparation for the test, and then the concise learning tables help them fill-in the needed knowledge.

To watch a video about Anatomy Flashcard Learning System, click here. Or, contact STAT!Ref here for customized pricing or more details.

About Health Science Learning Systems

Health Science Learning Systems, the developers of Anatomy Flashcard Learning System, makes digital college-level health and life science learning tools. It is an S-Corporation of founding partners Neal Alen and Dr. Robert Pozos. Neal Alen is an experienced marketer of digital education products with a focus on health sciences with management positions at Primal Pictures, Edu Technology and ADAM Software. Dr. Pozos teaches college level human anatomy biology at San Diego State University. Together they have leveraged their experience and talents to create affordable, efficient, and easy to use online applications for computers, tables and smart phones.

“Our partnership with STAT!Ref will allow us to better reach faculty and students through STAT!Ref’s outstanding customer outreach and support. My experiences of working with STAT!Ref in promoting Primal Pictures and BoardVitals makes me confident of the immense value STAT!Ref brings to the table.” Neal Alen CEO Health Science Learning Systems

About STAT!Ref 

STAT!Ref has the newest technology solutions in healthcare reference, all available in one place. The STAT!Ref database enables users to intuitively cross-search customized collections of full-text titles, journals and evidence-based point-of-care authoritative resources. BoardVitals, the leading test preparation platform, helps increase medical and other healthcare board exam pass rates. Docphin integrates journal holdings into a user platform that is customizable to each healthcare professional, resident or student’s daily workflow. Draw it to Know it allows students to master neuroanatomy faster. And, now, Anatomy Flashcard Learning System is an efficient and innovative way to master human anatomy online.

STAT!Ref: The Premier Healthcare e-source

Sonification: Making Human Motion More Engaging

Bob PozosComment

It’s the beginning of fall semester and students are returning to campus with enthusiasm which will be cooled by reality.  They will be faced with many competing priorities.  So how do I keep students interested in anatomy and physiology?   As a different approach, I am using sonification as a novel way to maintain their interest in studying human motion.

If you have ever used an X-Box with the Kinect (Microsoft Corporation) you are aware of how much fun it can be as your movements control the movement of your character in the video game in real time.  The secret of this technological feat is the Kinect which is a small camera that detects your motion and feeds the motion data into the games you play!

Sonification is the use of this technology to record human motion which triggers music.  The program that does the sonification is called Kinect Muse which was developed in my lab.

It’s not surprising if you have never heard of sonification!  It’s a relatively new field.  I think it can be used as a very effective teaching tool. When students move their arms and hear the associated music, their interest peaks.  The music changes as they move their arms up and down, fast and slow.  In essence each limb can be a single instrument or a whole band.  In addition, each arm can trigger different notes and volumes using different instruments.  (Here is a video that demonstrates sonification as a student moves her arms. Notice towards the end of the video how the frequency of the music changes as the students moves her hands faster.)

Many of my ideas for how to improve teaching come from research studies that I conduct with students. My preliminary experience with sonification in the lab suggests that it may be a powerful research/teaching tool.  I had subjects perform motor movements using sonification as a feedback signal.  What was interesting was that many students were intrigued as to how the music was being generated by their movements.  Multisensory approaches are very popular but most of them focus on visual approaches rather than auditory.    In this case, we have combined both of them so that the student sees the images and also hears the music.  In my experience, using KM, the student has a positive experience of tying anatomy with motion/music promoting a greater, continued interest.

However, at the end of the day, students need to know the material. Sonification maybe a great tool to spark their interest in anatomy and motion but there needs to be a link to the material that they are required to master. To make it easier for the students to learn all of the important information in one structured, easy to find place, I referred them to Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) that I developed. AFLS has interactive images and tables which makes it easy for the student and me to jointly review the muscles that are creating the motion/music.  (Before I developed AFLS, I would refer students to various textbooks. That approach did not work partially due to the fact that the text is very dense and students do not like to read!)

Stay tuned as we use this approach to generate and maintain interest in anatomy, biology and kinesiology this fall!

New version of AFLS with improved readability on smartphones and tablets!

Neal AlenComment

The Anatomy Flashcard Learning System has just been revised to improved readability on smartphones and tablets.  In particular, we reworked the look and feel of the flashcards and quizzes to make AFLS easier to use.

For the Flashcards, you will now see larger text that is more clearly positioned wi to make them clearer to study with.

On the quizzes, the "Answer Points" have been made larger and we made it easier to move the "Answer Line" to meet the "Answer Point".

We have also made other enhancements to improve use of AFLS on iPhone, Android phones, iPad and other smaller screen devices.  Recent improvements to AFLS include:

o   Larger, easier to see and use “Answer Points” on Interactive Structure; Interactive Tables; Nerve Map and Blood Flow Quizzes.

o   Easier to visual and use AFLS quizzes on smaller screen devices such as Smartphones and Tablets by increasing sensitivity and enlarging buttons.

o   Fixed screen size issues on iPADS.

o   Better visibility, speed and usability on all smaller screen devices such as Smartphones and Tablets

Please try out the new enhancements by using the evaluation or demo codes we sent you previously.  If your subscription has ended, just email me at Neal@DigitalAnatomyFlashcards.Com we we can send you a new trial.

Neal Alen 
Health Science Learning Systems

Gutenberg to Jobs: The Rapidly Changing Educational Landscape

Bob PozosComment

Not since the invention of the Gutenberg press has education been faced with such radical changes produced by the advent of the web. The widespread use of digital technology 24/7 access to the web, and many digital devices such as smartphones, iPads, etc., has completely transformed society including the educational systems. How do we as instructors reach/teach our students in this brave new world?

The modern faculty is faced with a changed landscape of education. I will just list a few of the major changes that have occurred.

·          *Flipped classrooms in which the student has already read  the material before lecture so the
            classroom becomes a seminar:

 ·         *Online course in which the student does not have to attend class  

 ·         *Students evaluating and “rating the professors” minutes after the class

 ·         *A flood of digital tools that do pretests, post tests, evaluations etc

 ·         *The need to “edu-tain” our students

 ·         *All the material any student might need or want is on the web.

 In addition, the modern students are more tech savvy and according to some studies more narcissistic or more anxious. The classroom has expanded to the world and it is no longer a cozy small world of students and faculty in which there is a real time exchange of information.

What is the consequence of these changes as we teach the sciences? There are so many options for getting material from the web that students swim or drown in it. Assigned textbooks in the sciences have always been large and unwieldy but now the student is inundated with a variety of workbooks, online atlases &resources, and other aides such as clay models.  What is required is a concise digital tool to learn the material and assess their knowledge.

 I was (and still am!) concerned with students “drowning” from different resources to study biology or anatomy /physiology.  Many students do not have a strategy on how to approach studying large amounts of material yet there are many web-based options and they spend precious time in these pursuits. (What happened to the old days of only one textbook?!?)

Observing in my classes these problems, I designed Anatomy Flash Card Learning System (AFLS) so that it meets the need of having concise information and assessment in a digital format that students prefer. As a neurophysiologist I was attracted to cognitive psychology as I developed AFLS.  The term “boring” comes up a great deal when talking to students about courses and material.  AFLS has “learning tables” which has all the information they will require but also it has a number of built in interactive components so the student can quiz themselves. The interactive components make the material less boring and continuous mini-tests reinforces long term learning. (For more information about AFLS go to

As a faculty member, I am aware how we all teach differently. We all have our favorite textbooks, subject areas of anatomy, additional exercises, etc. AFLS was designed as a comprehensive supplement not a new book so as to fit with any curricular approach.  

As Bob Dylan sings “Times they are a changing”!  As I have counseled my faculty colleagues, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students: ”Prepare for the revolution in education”. There is no turning back. If we do not adjust to this major cultural/technological change, the educational revolution will leave us behind similar to what occurred with those industries that did not adapt during the advent of the Gutenberg Press. In that context, AFLS is my first step to continually adapt to the changing educational landscape. 

Human Anatomy & Physiology Society meeting great success for ALFS!

Neal AlenComment

We had a very positive and successful time at the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) meeting in San Antonio Texas this week!  We show hundreds of anatomy instructors the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) and had a large number sign up for additional information and evaluation access.  A number told us they plan to recommend to students for their Fall classes.

Many folks really liked the simple, clean approach AFLS offers to assess ones knowledge and then study from the concise learning tables to touch up one’s knowledge.  People REALLY liked the price - $9.95 for a student for 12 months!  We also got very positive feedback on supporting most smartphones, tablets and computers with the same product and subscription.

Also, Dr Pozos workshop presentation titled “Teaching Online Anatomy/Physiology Courses: Appealing to the Senses and Emotions” was very well attended and received.  There was much discussion throughout the HAPS meeting about the importance and difficulty of reaching and keeping student attention with learning materials.  Dr Pozos’ approach to looking at new approaches with these materials based on emotional response got instructors thinking and talking!


Neal AlenComment

Health Science Learning Systems, the developer of the newly available Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS), will be attending the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society's (HAPS) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX on May 23rd - May 25th.  We will be in booth 27-28. Please come see us there!

Dr Robert Pozos, partner of Health Science Learning Systems and developer of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) will be presenting a seminar on new digital tools to assist students in retrieving anatomy information.  

Dr Pozos’ workshop presentation titled “Teaching Online Anatomy/Physiology Courses: Appealing to the Senses and Emotions is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, Session 511 at 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM in room FS 3.512. His digital examples will be available for all participants.

In addition, Dr. Pozos will be available at the HAPS conference at the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System Booth.  He encourages you to come by to discuss innovative and efficient anatomy curriculum strategies.

Spanish version of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System to come in June 2015

Neal AlenComment

Health Science Learning Systems will be releasing a Spanish language version of it's Anatomy Flashcard Learning System in June of 2015.  This Spanish version will cover human anatomy of muscles, bones, vascular and nerve systems.  It will cover the same college level human anatomy material as in the English language version.  

A single one year personal subscription will be offered at a introductory price of $9.95 until August 15th 2015.  Go to for more information and to order.

Please send us an email if you want more information on this upcoming Spanish version of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System at  

Dr Pozos to speak at HAPS conference in San Antonio TX in May

Neal AlenComment

Dr Robert Pozos, Partner of Health Science Learning Systems and developer of the Anatomy Flashcard Learning System (AFLS) will be presenting a seminar on digital tools to assist in a successful anatomy curriculum during the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society's annual meeting in San Antonio, TX in May of this year. The date and time of his seminar are yet to be determined.

Please let us know if you plan to attend and would like us to send you more information about Dr Pozos' seminar at