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Anatomy & Physiology Study Aids

This page contains information that you might find helpful as you navigate through Human Anatomy and Physiology. 


Office Hours

Your instructor is an excellent source of assistance!  Make time to visit with your instructor to discuss course material or anything else that you want to talk about.  If the office hours don't match with your schedule, contact your instructor for an appointment at a time that is convenient to you.

Academic Support

The Learning Resource Center provides many types of assistance to students.  One form of assistance is Peer Tutoring.  Peer Tutoring is offered every semester (even during summers!) and is free!  Click here for more information.

Mastering A&P

There are a lot of great resources on MAP! Most are accessible through the section entitled "Study Area."  Here is a summary of resources that students told us were helpful.

Practice Anatomy Lab (PAL) 4.0

PAL is a virtual anatomy study and practice tool that gives students  access to a virtual human cadaver, anatomical models and histology slides. PAL is easy to use and includes built-in audio pronunciations, customizable flash cards, and simulated fill-in-the-blank lab practical exams. The interactive models allow students to remove layers, rotate, fade, and isolate structures.

Interactive Physiology: This has a bunch of animations followed by intera interactive activities and quizzes.

Animations and Videos: There are lots of videos here!

Practice Tests and Quizzes:  Not sure what an A&P exam is like?  Try these!

Dynamic Study Modules

This is a real gem!  Many students have reported that these really help!  They are accessible from the MAP course home page.  They are not in the Study Area.  These are a bunch of questions that allow you to practice A&P and then help you determine which concepts you need help with.

Even More Resources!

There are even more resources listed below.  However, you should be aware of a couple of concepts.  First, your instructor will provide you with most of the material you need for the exams during lecture.  Sometimes, you will need to learn things through reading the textbook or the laboratory manual.  Second, don't lose focus!  Some of the materials and links found below cover material that is presented in a different manner or that will not be on the exam!  Also, please note that inclusion of any product on the following list does not signify an endorsement by APSU faculty.



Of course, you can purchase flashcards or make them yourself.  Some students obtain flashcard apps for use on computers, tablets, or smartphones.  One student told Dr. James Thompson about "gwhiz."  The software is available at the Apple App Store.  You can probably find equivalent programs for other devices.  Another company, 3D4Medical, also has flashcard apps.

Other Programs

GetBodySmart proclaims to be an interactive textbook.  You might find it useful.


Additional Web Resources:

Here is an essay with some tips about how to approach life in college from The Thought Catalog.

Project Gutenberg's Manual of Surgery (1921) is illustrated with many fascinating case photographs.

The US Library of Medicine Medical Subjects Index is a useful search engine.

NetWellness.org has some useful general information about human health and diseases.

The following websites provide useful information on a variety of pathological states:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/.

Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/.

The American Heart Association website provided a wealth of infomation on man types of heart and heart-associated pathology, prevention, treatment, statistics, etc. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000.

The American Cancer Society website has information on all types of cancer and links to other useful cancer websites. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp.

The American Diabetes Association website has information on diabetes and releated pathology, prevention, treatment, etc. http://www.diabetes.org/.

National Institutes of Health website http://www.nih.gov/.

Medline Plus contains health information and information on a variety of pathological states. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/.

Medical Online http://www.medicalonline.com.au/

U of Iowa Virtual Slidebox:  http://www.path.uiowa.edu/virtualslidebox/

Harvard U The Whole Brain Atlas:  http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html

The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education:   http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/webpath.html