The Great Courses - Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Course: Anatomy Lecture and Lab
Ownership: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, Montana State University M.D., Cornell Medical College
URL: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=160
Cost: $519.95 for DVD and 439.95 for video download (currently listed as $129.95 for DVD and $109.95 for video download though these discounts may not be permanent).

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.

FULL DESCRIPTION

This resource contains multiple education videos on a wide range of topics. This specific course is Anatomy and Physiology taught by Dr. Goodman at Montana State University. Our team was unable to review the course in full detail due to its high expense. Based solely on the descriptions and video preview, the content is not up to a medical student level. The lectures include detailed colored illustrations, life size models, and videos shot during surgery. However, there is not enough detail for this to replace or significantly augment a medical school anatomy course.

The course includes 32 lectures, 30-45 minutes each, on Human Anatomy. Total course time is over 16 hours. Topics include: Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Nervous System, Digestive System, Endocrine System, Urinary System, Reproductive System, Musculoskeletal System, Immune System, and Cancer. Each lecture has a full description of what is included.

FACULTY TIME REQUIREMENTS

If viewed before starting a medical school anatomy course, this could help prepare students for the course. However, it could not replace the didactic or laboratory components of a standard medical school anatomy course.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

The website has a Google Speed Score of 51/100, but there is an option to purchase DVDs. International shipping is through Federal Express International. There is an option to purchase the course in Audio or Video. The site requires enabling JavaScript in your web browser in order to run properly, and they also recommended updating to the latest version. Digital video download is available for iTiunes and Windows Media Player. The video files are large and take up a lot of storage space on your device, so they recommend downloading no more than a few video lectures at a time. The digital audio download is available in mp3 or mpeg4.

For streaming they make the following recommendations:

For PC: Windows XP 32-bit (SP2 nad SP3), Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit (SP1 nad SP2), Windows Vista 64-bit, or Windows 7. Browser recommendations include Firefox, IE 7,8,9, and Chrome
For Mac: Mac OS X 10.5 – 10.6, Browser recommendations include Firefox, Safari, and Chrome