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  • 5 stars

    The videos are free, well organized, easy to follow, and extremely comprehensive. They could be used to replace a cadaver lab. There is also an option to download the videos.  Streaming or downloading videos may be difficult in areas of low bandwidth.

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  • 5 stars

    The website provides a free comprehensive library of voice-over PowerPoint anatomy lecture videos as well as a You Tube channel with cadaver dissections. The content is at the medical student level and the lectures are very clear and straightforward. We found the clinical cases discussed during the lectures especially useful.  The anatomy lab videos are no longer available on the MacAnatomy website; however, all cadaver dissections can be accessed through their public YouTube channel. We see the potential this has as a stand-alone course in anatomy; however it lacks a course schedule, lab assignments, and testing material.

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  • 4 stars

    This resource provides excellent, detailed videos of real cadaver demonstrations, with clear narrations and verbal labeling. The content is at a medical student level. It is also available in DVD, a great option for areas with low bandwidth or unstable internet. However, it is not free, there are no written labels, and it lacks the structure of an Anatomy lecture or lab, providing no quizzes/exams and no corresponding text book. For these reasons we give this resource 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • 4 stars

    This free resource features videos of cadaver dissections. The videos are comprehensive for an Anatomy Lab, and the topics are well organized. QuickTime is necessary to stream the videos, which may be a problem in areas with low bandwidth. Also, at times the videos are slightly blurry. For a school without a cadaver lab, these dissections would be very useful. However, without a lab schedule or evaluation method, this could not fully replace an Anatomy Lab.

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  • 3 stars

    This resource provides various apps, videos, and downloadable programs with detailed 3D computer graphics of anatomy structures. The visuals are clean, detailed, interactive, and up to a medical student’s level. However, there are no corresponding lectures, there are no quizzes/exams, and no textbook material is provided. 

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  • 3 stars

    This resource provides PowerPoint lectures with voice-over. The lectures are clear and easy to follow; however, the topics are disorganized and not comprehensive. It could be used as an supplement to lectures, but it could not replace all of the necessary didactics of an anatomy course. Very few of the topics are available for free. A monthly subscription is necessary for full access to all topics. 

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  • 3 stars

    This website offers a comprehensive anatomy lab course with detailed videos and pictures. The interactive flashcards provide a great study tool for students. However, this could not be used to replace an entire standard anatomy course. A year subscription is required to access all the lessons.

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  • 3 stars

    This free resource serves as excellent supplemental study material for students. The content is comprehensive and well organized, and includes useful interactive diagrams and quizzes at the end of each topic. This resource does not replace any portion of an anatomy lecture. The site runs very slow, and may require a high bandwidth connection. 

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  • 2 stars

    This resource is not up to medical school standards, and is very expensive. However, the videos are clear, detailed, and well organized. There are also available on DVD, eliminating the need for fast internet speeds for streaming or downloading. If viewed before starting a medical school anatomy course, this could help prepare students for the course. It could not replace the didactic or laboratory components of a standard medical school anatomy course.

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  • 2 stars

    This free resource covers a random collection of topics, and cannot replace a full anatomy lecture or lab. The videos are less than ten minutes long, and the topics are explained well. This resource also provides video quizzes which could be helpful for student review. The YouTube channel is disorganized and hard to navigate. A student would have to know what to search for before using. 

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  • 2 stars

    Though this is an excellent resource, access is limited to University of Michigan students. Only a few areas of the website are free to the public. The site includes a lab manual with videos, lectures, and picture diagrams for various dissections, but most require a Michigan login. 

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  • 1 star

    This resource is a full course covering general human anatomy, and provides letures from very knowledgeable professor with a clear speaking voice. Although the lecturer is entertaining, the lack of pictures and diagrams prevents this resource from supplementing or replacing any standard anatomy lecture course. The video quality at times is poor and blurry, making it hard to read the hand drawn charts and diagrams that are being projected in the classroom. The lectures are easily accessible and free to the public on YouTube. 

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  • 1 star

    This material is too basic to be used for a medical school anatomy course. It could be used to prepare students for their first anatomy course. 

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  • 1 star

    This free resource is mostly text with very few pictures. It is not at the medical student level and could not be used to replace any part of an anatomy lecture. The content is very basic and misses finer details. It provides true/false quizzes that could be useful for students as review material. 

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  • zero stars

    This resource does not appear to be at the medical student level. It does seem to be a full, self-paced course and offers a certificate of continuing education upon completion. It is not free and would not replace any portion of an anatomy course.

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