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November 2007


This poster was presented at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., as part of the Innovations in Medical Education exhibit.


Virtual microscopy has replaced microscopes representing a sea change in how microscopic anatomy is taught at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).

The class of 2009 inaugurated virtual microscopy made possible by updating a wet laboratory with new computer stations. Virtual microscopy retains the learning features of microscopes while promoting the learning of relationships through small group interactions. Multi-station computers, equipped with new hardware technology that allows up to 5 monitors and keyboards to run from a single CPU, were installed providing a cost and space effective way to bring virtual microscopy to a large number of students in a small group setting.

Students have access to the same resources for independent study on the University's public computers available in a 24/7 computer lab and in the library.

Access to the lab manual with linked histology images along with individuals' saved images and linked textbook can be used at TJU's public computers.