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Virtual microscopy (VM) has been widely available for more than a decade, especially in clinical settings and medical schools. In recent years the movement away from conventional optical microscopy (OM) and towards VM has been accelerating and several VM websites are now available online and readily accessible to educators. VM can enhance the instructor’s ability to teach the histology component of anatomy and physiology classes, facilitate student learning, save time for both students and instructors, and ultimately save money that can be more productively used for other facets of the laboratory. The many pedagogical and practical advantages provided by VM suggest that now is the time for undergraduate anatomy and physiology programs to consider a transition to VM.


This article was originally published in the Journal of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, available at doi: 10.21692/haps.2017.024



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