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The Virtual Autopsy

Easy-to-use site with 18 autopsy cases created as part of a medical informatics module. Each case provides H&P, links to pertinent test/lab results, brief report of patient's care until death, and interactive cadaver which organizes color photographs of body tissues/organs and a brief synopsis of results by body system. Each case also allows the user to select from possible causes of death and provides feedback on incorrect/correct choices. The site also contains case-relevant A&P mini-tutorials by body system.


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Julie Robinson
Julie Robinson (Faculty)
1 year ago
This looks like a great teaching tool but will require some additional set up from the instructor (depending on use). For an assignment, I'm going to add a requirement that students create a justification or map of how they came to the cause of death; in it, they'll provide the logical sequence used to arrive at the conclusion (and revisions or further study they did to get to the correct cause of death). The How to Use page is a little difficult to read (just minor formatting issues that can be overcome by encouraging students to read very carefully). I think it would helpful to have a page with stats on normal values (such as lab values, organ weights or normal histology view). Again, this could be part of the additional instructions that teachers ask students to find as part of using this resource in assignment. Overall, it looks great, and I'm excited to incorporate it in an undergraduate A&P course.
Jim Bidlack
Jim Bidlack (Faculty)
10 years ago

A great study resource for anatomy/physiology classes. Very fun to use but it does require some prior knowledge.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 10-15 minutes
Sarah Keim Janssen
Sarah Keim Janssen (Faculty)
13 years ago
I liked this site. I think it would be useful in an advanced anatomy and physiology class after the students had been through the materal once. It would be a great way to apply and test yourself after completing specific systems. The review of anatomy after the case was useful and the feedback provided after answering a question was good.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to navigate and very user friendly. Some of the pictures were graining and difficult to see.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 15 minuets looking at the site and went through three of the cases.