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App allows students to view Warwick anatomy lectures

Would-be doctors can be part of a virtual classroom thanks to a newly launched iPhone app developed by Prof Peter Abrahams from Warwick University.

Abrahams, professor of clinical anatomy at Warwick Medical School, has turned his teaching into bite-size anatomy classes that can be downloaded and used by medical students worldwide and not restricted to those who attend his lectures.

The app, entitled Aspects of Anatomy, provides 38 short teaching videos using real, plastinated prosections of the lungs, thorax and the arm, from shoulder to hand. Users can watch how Abrahams demonstrates the function of nerves, tiny twig-like bronchioles or heart valves. Students can even check progress on their learning by completing the short spot-check tests that also form part of the app.

Abrahams said: ’We’re using the technology students have in their pockets to share the teaching expertise from Warwick Medical School. Students from across the world now have the chance to virtually join my classes at a time and place that suits them.’

The app is available to purchase from iTunes store outlets and costs £4.99. All profits will go back to the university to support clinical anatomy teaching at the Surgical Training Centre at Warwick Medical School.

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