Team-Based Learning: An Effective Pedagogical Strategy to Teach Anatomy

  • Cheryl Melovitz-Vasan
  • Grace Pinhal-Enfield
  • David O. DeFouw
  • Nagaswami S. VasanEmail author


In medical education, human anatomy is a content rich and conceptually challenging course that can overwhelm the students. We have found team-based learning (TBL), which engages students in their learning, to be an ideal pedagogical strategy to teach anatomy. TBL combines various aspects of the adult learning theories in a unique way where learning is self-directed and at the same time, guided by the faculty. The concept of TBL focuses on learning defined by pre-class preparation of “content specific learning topics” and subsequent in-class team discussion. Team discussion is a form of peer teaching that allows students to reflect upon their learning and remediate any knowledge deficits.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Melovitz-Vasan
    • 1
  • Grace Pinhal-Enfield
    • 2
  • David O. DeFouw
    • 2
  • Nagaswami S. Vasan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical SciencesCooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityCamdenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cell Biology and Molecular MedicineNew Jersey Medical SchoolNewarkUSA

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