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Anatomy and physiology laboratory experiences build upon concepts that are presented in the lecture part of the course. Our anatomy and physiology laboratory class meets weekly for approximately three hours and includes a compilation of activities that are to be completed during the laboratory period. While exercises are built off of topics presented in lecture and predominantly hands-on in nature, many students were not taking advantage of the self-directed learning experiences, especially those employing anatomical models. Some students were content to simply take photographs of models with their cell phones and complete only the graded portions of the laboratory assignment sheets. This behavior was not conducive to mastering the required anatomical details. To provide an enhanced learning environment, we reorganized the laboratory course and the lab manual into modules with the goal of creating a more focused laboratory experience. This article discusses the advantages and hurdles we experienced in the first year of a redesigned modular laboratory experience.


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