Prof. W. Robert J. Funnell, Ph.D., Eng.
Department of BioMedical Engineering
3775, rue University
‘ … the mind does not need filling like a bottle, but rather, like
wood, it only needs kindling to create in it an impulse to think
independently and an ardent desire for the truth.’
Plutarch, c. 46–120 AD, On Listening to Lectures
‘… the exertion of a certain degree of invention
is by far the surest mode of fixing
any principle of science in the mind.’
A course of lectures on natural philosophy and the mechanical arts,
‘To sit as a passive bucket and be pumped into, whether you consent or not,
can in the long-run be exhilarating to no creature; how eloquent soever
the flood of utterance that is descending.’
Carlyle, Life of John Sterling, 1851
(as quoted by Grattan & Gurrey, Our Living Language, 1925)
‘Lecture: a means of transferring information from the
notes of the lecturer to the notes of the student without passing
through the minds of either.’
Graffiti at Warwick University
Using computers to teach medical students
- davis3d: Dynamic Anatomy Visualization
- Light-Microscopic Histology Atlas
by Y. Clermont, M. Lalli & Zs. Bencsath-Makkai
tutorial on the anatomy of the middle and inner ear, making use of
interactive 3-D models and
including a quiz.
The instructions for viewing the 3-D models are out of date;
these instructions instead.
The CM3 project
(Computer-Mediated Creation & Management of Curricular Material)
was part of the
McGill Medical Informatics Project.
This project is no longer active.
It included, among other things:
anatomy3d: old teaching site for anatomy, including 3-D
VRML models of the head and pelvis based on data from
the Visible Human Project. The models are presented using
a Java applet for selecting structures, controlling transparency, etc.
oto3d: old teaching site for the ear, including a
3-D histology-based VRML model of the ear, and photos of
a large-scale physical model
Teaching medical students about computers
- Canadian medical schools
- Medical organizations
- Electronic publishing (including design
and usability issues)
Visible Human project
(1998 Feb 25)
- Information about NLM's Unified Medical Language System,
Radiologic Anatomy Browser from
The Uniformed Services University (Bethesda, MD)
Digital Anatomist at the University of Washington (Seattle).
You can browse through a number of atlases, see structures outlined
or labelled or both, watch animations, and do quizzes.
- Merck Manual,
16th edition (1992)
- Molecular modelling from
LectureLinks at Johns Hopkins. Aims to allow medical students
`to access course information, lecture notes, handouts, and sample
exams in a searchable, lecture-by-lecture format. For each lecture,
two or three relevant links have been identified to
resources that exist outside of the institution.' The lecture notes
themselves have been implemented for very few lectures (and are
not accessible from outside JHU).
Short Rounds Development Consortium (at Stanford's
- OTL syllabus
for medical students, from Baylor
- Curriculum guide for
internal medicine from SGIM/CDIM
- British Medical Journal:
contents pages, abstracts, and some full-text articles
The Urbana Atlas of Pathology
WebPath: The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education,
University of Utah. Contains about 1800 images with descriptions,
about 1600 multiple-choice questions with answers, plus case-based
exercises, mini-tutorials, etc.
- Medscape: practice-oriented
articles on AIDS, infectious diseases, urology and surgery.
Free but requires registration.
- PharmInfoNet: pharmaceutical
Medical Matrix, a hypertext guide to on-line medical resources,
by Malet & Hancock. It is based on medically oriented items extracted
from the more comprehensive
guide to health-sciences resources by Hancock.
- WordNet: an on-line
lexical reference system (not specifically medical)
- Interactive frog dissections from
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and from the
University of Virginia
Informatics in Education (general, non-medical)
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