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6 Interactive Online Tools for Human Physiology Majors

Studying human anatomy and physiology? If so, you’ve made a great choice! This subject area can open the door to a wide array of opportunities for professional development and the chance to make a positive difference in the realm of human health with an intriguing career in medicine, nursing, pharmacology, epidemiology and many more.  These career areas require a thorough understanding of the intricate factors that make the human body what it is, so read on for a list of impressive online tools that will enhance your study experiences.

See Also: How to Become a Physiologist in the US

1. GetBodySmart

GetBodySmart is a website created and owned by human anatomy and physiology expert and Professor Scott Sheffield.  The user-friendly site allows you to explore colorful images relating to the different systems of the human body (e.g. skeletal and nervous systems) and read brief descriptions of various bodily structures.

2. Anatomy Drill and Practice

Anatomy Drill and Practice is operated by the academic publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. On this website you will find an extensive list of the anatomical structures that comprise the human body and material that covers everything from the composition of a body cell, joints, the reproductive system and more.

After clicking a link, a game will load where you match terms to their respective places on the human body to test how well you know the medical terminology. The more you practice, the better you will get.

3. Anatomy Arcade

This appears to be the most recreational way to learn about the human body. Anatomy Arcade was designed by Science and Physical Education teacher Ben Crossett, who teaches at Glen Waverley Secondary College in Melbourne, Australia. His mission is to educate everyone on human anatomy and physiology in an entertaining manner and encourage a sincere appreciation for the subject.

You can choose from a large collection of games, which are organized by body system (e.g. muscular and digestive systems) and game type (e.g. jigsaws and word search). Anatomy Arcade nicely illustrates that learning about the human body does not have to be boring.

4. BioDigital

BioDigital is a very exciting way to become knowledgeable about health and the human body. ABC News accurately described it as “Google Earth meets the human body” and I could not agree more. This award-winning education and training platform has amazing features for engaging an audience that focuses on medical and surgical education as well as fitness training.

You have the opportunity to access virtual human anatomy in a cloud-based configuration, learn how to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries, and witness three-dimensional (3D) visualizations of bodily exercise(s). Other famous companies that have positively recognized BioDigital include The New York Times, MSNBC, and Wired.  

5. BodyMaps

BodyMaps is another interactive search tool that allows you to examine every layer of the human body in 3D. It goes further by providing sex-specific elements for a more in-depth view of the anatomy and physiology of both females and males with detailed explanations.

In other words, you can get a view of how all the layers of the body stack upon one another. You can also see a 3D 360-degree rotation of either the human body in their complete forms, or only certain sections such as the brain or kidneys. Go ahead and take a video tour to get started.

6. Pocket Anatomy

Pocket Anatomy makes physician-patient interaction much easier and time-efficient; it consists of such realistic 3D models that it’s almost like looking at real body parts you can touch. You may find yourself saying: ‘so that’s what it looks like on the inside, wow!’

No more waiting forever for an appointment and then being confused by the terminology when you get there. Now physicians and other healthcare staff can easily educate their patients on personal health matters by pairing helpful interpretations with 3D images of human anatomy. They can zoom into different areas that correspond with patients’ specific medical problems and allow them to visualize what is going on inside them and how treatment can benefit their bodies.

See Also: Top 10 US Universities for Biological Studies in 2014

I hope these websites help make human anatomy and physiology more accessible for you; please bookmark and share this list with others. Use the comment section below to let me know what career you’re hoping to get into.

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