Team Assessment in Laboratory Setting (TAILS): a Novel Approach Using Cadavers to Assess Collaborative Learning in the Gross Anatomy Lab

  • Malli Barremkala
  • Tracey A. H. Taylor
  • Varna TaranikantiEmail author


Team assessment in laboratory setting (TAILS) is a feasible and a novel method of testing the application of anatomical knowledge using the available institutional resources (cadavers) within the anatomy laboratory setting. For preclinical medical students, this method augments clinical authenticity and facilitates collaborative learning.


Team assessment Laboratory setting Anatomical knowledge Cadavers Collaborative learning 



The authors would like to thank the anatomical donors for their selfless gift which has an immense impact on the anatomy learning experience. We extend special thanks to Dan Schlegel, anatomy lab manager; OUWB faculty; and students for their contribution to the lab assessment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oakland University William Beaumont School of MedicineRochesterUSA

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