By Chris O’Grady
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Health and science majors can turn to Camden County College Library’s new program to assist them in their studies.
Led by the efforts of Dr. Catherine Boos, director of dental programs, and Barbara Laynor, director of library service, Anatomy.TV is new to the library’s electronic resources this semester. Anatomy.TV is an interactive 3D program from Stat Ref that offers over 5,000 anatomical structures to look at and break down, as students can view different layers of the human body in one click.
Anatomy.TV is used in over 20 countries by professionals and students and in over 70 of the top medical schools around the world. According to the information packet provided by Stat Ref, Anatomy.TV is “the world’s most detailed 3D interactive model of the human anatomy online.” The layout is user friendly and is organized so students can find what they want to study in an easy way. Aside from the 3D structures, students are able to link what they are studying to text, slides, diagrams and video clips. The program also allows students to quiz themselves and see how well they know the human body. Visual learners will find the organization of the program easier to study from, rather than having to use a cadaver or multiple 3D plastic models.
Dental students have already had the program incorporated into their studies and have come to like it, Boos said. They have begun using the program to study head and neck anatomy, as well as to locate anesthesia landmarks. Students in the dental program are given assignments in which they are required to log on to the program and identify different muscles as well as descriptions of the muscles.
During the fall semester of 2012, the library invited those interested to a demonstration of the program. Linda Mesko, program director for health information technology, was on attendee who witnessed the advantages of the program first hand. “The vastness and in-depth nature combines criteria from multiple textbooks,” Mesko said. Mesko believes that many programs can benefit from using Anatomy.TV, including her HIT program, as well as medical coding. “It’s a great program and I plan to incorporate it in to my programs,” Mesko said.
Anatomy.TV can be accessed by logging on to the CCC library’s website and is listed under E-Resources. Laynor said training is available for those interested in using the program.