Active learning: A small group histology laboratory exercise in a whole class setting utilizing virtual slides and peer education

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  • Robert A. Bloodgood

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    1. Department of Cell Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Department of Cell Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, P.O. Box 800732, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0732, USA
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Abstract

Histology laboratory instruction is moving away from the sole use of the traditional combination of light microscopes and glass slides in favor of virtual microscopy and virtual slides. At the same time, medical curricula are changing so as to reduce scheduled time for basic science instruction as well as focusing on student-centered learning approaches such as small group active learning and peer-instruction. It is important that medical schools resist the temptation to respond to this conjunction of events by turning histology into a self-study activity. This article describes a lymphoid histology laboratory exercise, occurring in a specially equipped Learning Studio housing an entire medical class that utilizes virtual slides in the context of small group active learning and peer instruction. Anat Sci Educ © 2012 American Association of Anatomists.

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