Effects of Reading a Free Electronic Book on Regional Anatomy with Schematics and Mnemonics on Student Learning
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- Lee, Jae Ho
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- Journal of Korean medical science
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- Regional Anatomy; Education; Illustrated Books; Cartoons; Internet
To help medical students learn anatomy effectively in limited hours, a regional anatomy book enhancing students' memorization was developed.
Only anatomical terms essential for basic cadaver dissection are included along with schematic figures which enable memorization of complicated anatomical structures. Learning comics and comic strips that depict anatomy mnemonics and jokes were appended and sentences were written to be comfortably readable. The electronic book titled "Visually Memorable Regional Anatomy" has been distributed without payment or registration. With the help of 246 volunteer students from three Korean medical schools, the book's learning effects were evaluated.
These students' book reading led to increase in their anatomy scores, including written examination scores and tag examination scores. It was an encouraging result that almost 20% of students spontaneously read the book no matter who presented their lecture or examination. A webpage version of the book was visited by thousands of users.
The book with unique features may suggest a new perspective in the field of anatomy learning. After having acquaintance with essential structures from reading the book, students are able to and willing to study more from other resources.
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