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Using MedPics
MedPics is a self-paced learning environment that uses on-screen guidance to assist students in key feature identification and image interpretation. The supporting text provides core and clinically relevant information about each image and a learning framework for organizing the subject matter.
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Content Areas

MedPics covers two content areas: Histology and Pathology.

It was designed to support preclinical medical education at UCSD School of Medicine, but may be useful in other programs and basic science curricula.

To select or change the content area, click the appropriate hanging tab at the top of the screen (A).

Study Modes

MedPics may be run in two modes: Standard and Review / Self-Study.
  • Standard (blue) is the default teaching and learning mode. It presents one lesson module at a time, with images in sequential order.
  • Review / Self-Study (yellow) is the self-quizzing mode. Students can select one or more lesson modules and the percent of available images to be randomized. In addition, the supporting text fields for each image are not displayed until and unless students specifically seek the information.
To change the mode, click the appropriate mode in Step 1 (B).

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(C) Histology Main Screen (Standard Mode) (D) Histology Main Screen (Review Mode)

Configuration Options (Standard Mode)

Select lesson module from the list provided in Step 2 (C1).
Select options in Step 3 (C2):
        a. Display automatically on screen (Title, Features, Summary)
        b. Image size of small (320 x240), medium (640 x 480), or large (1024 x768)
        c. Click to begin (C3)

Configuration Options (Review Mode) - Note underlined items are additional options in the review mode.

Select one or more lesson module(s) from the list provided in Step 2 (D1).
Select options in Step 3 (D2):
        a. Display automatically on screen (Title, Features, Summary)
        b. Image size of small (320 x240), medium (640 x 480), or large (1024 x768)
        c. % of total images to be viewed (25%, 50% or 100%)
        d. Click to begin (D3)


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(E) Lesson Overview Screen

Lesson Overview Screen (Standard Mode Only)

Serves as a table of contents for each lesson module.

The left side of the screen lists all the lesson images, categorized by topic (E1).

The right side of the screen contains quick links to topics (E2) and a preview of the lesson images (E3).

Click on any linked image to move to its Image Display Screen.


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(F) Image Display in Standard Mode                     (G) Image Display in Review Mode


Image Display Screen (Standard Mode) - sequentially presented image with descriptive text (F).
  • Title
  • Features: key structure(s) that can be highlighted within the image by clicking on the feature name in the list.
  • Summary: description text, including findings, preparation, view, specimen, and image source credit.

Each of these information blocks can be hidden by unchecking the associated "show" box

To navigate to the next or previous image, click on either the left or right arrows.


Image Display Screen (Review Mode) - randomly selected image without descriptive text (G).

Shows image only.
Image descriptors (title, features, and summary) are hidden by default when the page is first viewed, but can be shown by checking the associated "show" box.

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(H) Navigation Options in Standard Mode


Navigating to Other Slide Sets & Content Areas.

To navigate to a different content area, view credits, or get help using MedPics, select one of the hanging tabs at the top of the screen (Histology, Pathology, Credits, or Help) (A).

To select a new lesson module, use either the Histology or Pathology main screen (See figure C above).

To move back to the lesson's overview screen (table of contents) or quickly navigate to another lesson within the content area, use the set of links or "breadcrumbs" located at the top/center of the page (H2).

To sequentially move between images within a lesson module, use the left and right arrows of the image number bar (H3).


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