Clinical Anatomical SKills

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O.P. Gobée, MD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, e-learning developer
D. Jansma, MSc, medical biologist, e-learning developer
S.B. Blankevoort, medical illustrator
R.P. Slagter, NZIMBI, medical illustrator     
Prof. M.C. DeRuiter, MSc. PhD, supervisor


The Anatomy department develops advanced web-based anatomical e-learning programs, collectively presented under the acronym CASK (Clinical Anatomical Skills). The group developed a wide variety of web-based programs within several main categories (see picture below):

CASK Portal front page 

The spectrum of e-learning applications of the Dept. of Anatomy

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Learning - CASK

CASK programs are highly interactive tutorials, with a ‘built-in’ tutor posing stimulating questions and responding with feedback to the student’s answers, allowing students to learn by trial and error. Ranging from problem-based (chest pain, AAA) to more region oriented (heart, inguinal area), the topics comprise many subjects of gross (clinical) anatomy, microscopic anatomy and embryology and have a highly visual character. The educational level varies from 1st year lessons to complex postgraduate lessons. Most are available bilingually (English-Dutch).

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Testing - CASK Preclass

In order to enforce and ensure a basic level of preparation for practical sessions, the so-called CASK Preclass testing and learning system was developed. Students can make these online tests at home and need a sufficient grade in order to enter the subsequent hands-on practical.  Main characteristics of Preclass programs are:

- a balanced mix of testing and learning
- type-ahead (Google like) anatomical terms questions with 8000+ possibilities
- available online, at home, but low gambling/copying chance

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The website (free access) offers translations of anatomical terms into Latin, English, an eponym, or vice versa, simply by entering the term in one of these languages. Moreover, at entry of a term, automatic Google-searches are performed, displaying images, articles and information on anatomical variants on the topic of the term. The database is a subset of the Foundational Model of Anatomy and presently contains over 35.000 terms. Our goal is to further enhance the functionality of the site, for example by adding audio samples of the pronunciation of terms and a wiki system for adding new terms by other people. Read more...

The Visible Human Browser is an online viewer which provides students with several scrollable body zones in 3 different planes and in different modalities (MRI / CT / color cryo sections). Referring planes will automatically scroll with the active plane. With this set-up students can easily browse through the body and get a better understanding of the orientation and relations between the different anatomical structures. Part of the picture dataset was used from the American Visible Human project.     

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Blended learning

All these different e-learning modules are combined with several types of face-to-face sessions (lectures, practical’s, demos etc.), so-called blended learning. This set-up grants students more freedom and time to study the theory prior to the face to face lessons. This in turn enables tutors to go more in-depth during these sessions.   

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CASK may be accessed:

We would appreciate it if you inform us if you use our e-learning materials in your own curriculum, just to keep our records of usage updated. Universities or tutors who would like to make use of any of the restricted CASK lessons can contact