This interactive tutorial, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute virtual laboratory collection, provides an excellent premed/med school level training session on basic cardiology principles. It contains four units designed to take the students through as if he/she was the doctor on the case. The student enters several rooms and carries out examinations of the patient. Some patient information is given, actual heart sounds can be heard. Questions with immediate feedback are available for each set of circumstances. Reference guides are provided to assist in answering and understanding the examination, interpretation and diagnosis. This website requires Shockwave and Quicktime for all modules. The graphics and audio examples are exceptional.
Quality of content: (5) (5) = 5
Excellent graphic representations of patients and conditions
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
(5) (5) = 5
Interactive website with excellent questions throughout
Excellent for the development of critical thinking and problem solving teaching units
Promotes active learning
The user lacks the ability to chose which patient to study
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
(3.5) (5) =4.25
Well designed and clearly laid out
Clear directions given in the introduction screen and throughout
Nice combination of visual and audio information
Previous visit is stored and option to continue where left off is given
The user does not have the ability to page through the notebook to review information
The link in the Cardiovascular Guide to "more about basic cardiac anatomy/physiology" crashes the computer when viewed in Internet Explorer (v5.5) and plug-ins were not available when viewed with Netscape (v4.7)
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