Strike a pose: TUCOM students learn anatomy through yoga
New elective course not only teaches anatomy interactively, but also introduces students to yoga as a form of stress relief.
Anatomy is a critical subject that medical students must master, and many do so by attending lectures, then spending hours studying textbooks, flash cards and taking exams.
Students at the Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) in Vallejo can now supplement their traditional anatomy studies by taking a new elective course that teaches anatomy through the practice of yoga.
In search of a more interactive way to teach anatomy, Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, an associate professor at TUCOM, and her husband, Joel Talsma, an anatomy instructor, developed the course together and taught it for the first time to 32 students during the spring 2016 semester. They’ll be teaching the course again in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
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