A word from the College library

Learning visually

Procedures are often more effectively learned by visual methods rather than through reading text.1 On the College library’s Audiovisual page, a variety of audiovisual materials are offered to learn new clinical techniques, refresh one’s knowledge, or to share with patients to further their understanding of procedures, normal anatomy or injuries. The following are a sample of available resources:

  • Access Medicine contains a multimedia collection of more than 250 examination and procedural videos, audio files, and animations from the online version of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.
  • ACP Clinical Skills Collection features physicians performing clinical skills on live models, while highlighting key facts on such topics as arthrocentesis and joint injection, sports medicine musculoskeletal examination, counselling for behaviour change, prevention of diabetic foot ulcers, and skin biopsy in the office.
  • Procedures Consult provides audiovisuals, illustrations and text to prepare for, perform, and follow up on about 100 common procedures in emergency medicine and anesthesiology. Instances when patient informed consent is required are highlighted, as are essential guidance and clinical pearls. Procedures consult is available as an Android and iOS application. Contact the library for a personal username and password to log onto the app.
  • Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy is an interactive online learning tool for both patient and physician education. The 3D anatomical structures are detailed and can be displayed in layers to provide a clear understanding of anatomical relationships. Text, clinical slides, dissections, and therapy animations are also included.
  • While not online yet, the 18 DVDs of Bates' visual guide to physical examination are available for loan. The videos cover head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques which complement the Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking text edited by Lynn Bickley. The library plans to stream the videos from the College website later in 2014.

Library patrons are welcome to use these and more of the audiovisual materials listed on the Audiovisual page. For assistance, please contact the library at 604-733-6671 or medlib@mls.cpsbc.ca.

  1. Flores, P. Demoss, C. Klene, R. Havlik and S. Tholpady. Digital animation versus textbook in teaching plastic surgery techniques to novice learners. Plast Reconstr Surg 2013 Jul;132(1):101e-9e.