Abdomen and Pelvis Interactive Learning Objects

Format Publication ID Version Published
Case, Evaluation Tool 7866 1 October 26, 2011
West Virginia University School of Medicine


The abdomen and pelvis interactive learning objects are a series of self-test exercises designed to accompany undergraduate anatomy courses. It is separated into three main sections: abdomen, urinary and reproductive systems. In each section, students may select from a range of exercises including short answer, matching, multiple choice questions and “drag and drop” label identification of images. Students have the opportunity to test their visual recognition of gross anatomy by choosing correct answers to identify selected structures on dissected cadavers. In addition, learners may navigate through a case study that requires student feedback in order to progress through the cases. All learning objects are anchored in learning objectives and are interactive, requiring learners to process information and make decisions. Immediate feedback is provided to students, reinforcing the learning.


Ressetar H, Allen E, Walker E, Kraszpulska B, Billings H. Abdomen and Pelvis Interactive Learning Objects. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/7866

Educational Objectives

  1. To understand the structures of the digestive system, and relationships among the organs.
  2. To understand the structures of the urinary system, and relationships to other abdominal and pelvic organs.
  3. To understand the structure of reproductive organs, including prenatal development and positions of gonads, pregnancy-related anatomical changes, stages of parturition, as well as normal adult structures.


  • Abdominal Cavity (MeSH), Abdomen, Pelvis, Gonads, Prenatal Development, Pregnancy, Parturition, Digestion

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Study

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