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The Modular Resource Center: integrated units for the study of the anatomical sciences in a problem-based curriculum.

Authors
  • Mizer, Linda A1
  • Farnum, Cornelia E
  • Schenck, Pamela D
  • 1 Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithica, New York 14853, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Anatomical record
Publication Date
Dec 15, 2002
Volume
269
Issue
6
Pages
249–256
Identifiers
PMID: 12467082
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Modular Resource Center (MRC) at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University was created in 1993 as a way to provide visual resources in support of a newly implemented problem-based curriculum in which the anatomical sciences are taught primarily in the first tutorial-based course, The Animal Body. Over two dozen modules have been created specifically in support of this course, whereas additional modules have been created in support of other basic science courses. The basic unit of organization of the MRC is a module presented in a carrel that provides students a way to study, either alone or in groups, a given topic. The topic is presented through a script and an integrated set of anatomical materials including plastinated dissected specimens, vascular casts, skeletal preparations, models, radiographs, histological slides, and photo- and electron micrographs. The key feature of this resource center is that it is not a museum; rather it is more analogous to an interactive library, that can be used for reference, study, and review, not only by veterinary students but also by faculty, interns, residents, and undergraduates. A unique aspect is that all materials have been made by veterinary students working with faculty during the summer. Although started as a resource in support of a tutorial-based curriculum, the MRC has evolved over a decade into an anatomy resource that would be highly valued in any curricular format. Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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