Published: March 4, 2010

Managing and keeping track of hundreds of note cards can be a challenge for any student. What if note cards were available on your mobile device? Keeping this concept in mind, Mike Pascoe, a Doctoral Candidate studying Integrative Physiology at University of Colorado, Boulder, is one of the first from CU Boulder to design a webapp called ‘Mike’s Anatomy’ as a resource for students taking IPHY 3415 (Human Anatomy Lab). This app functions as a study aid for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Rather than relying on traditional note cards, Mike explained, “This app serves as a way to carry the course lab manual content in your pocket.”

This app includes the most current information from the course’s lab manual that students can skim through much like skimming through a set of note cards. Its current contents include the course syllabus and a section dedicated to an important topic of the course: muscles. Students will find that the ‘muscle’ section of the app provides additional information regarding this area of course.

How can you access Mike’s Anatomy?

A good place to access ‘Mike’s Anatomy’ is the webapp profile on the Apple directory. The app will load on your device and you are ready to begin studying anatomy.

To see the app in action, you can watch a demo given by Mike (YouTube), which takes you through accessing and navigating the app.  In addition, you will see how to add a shortcut to your home screen.

What are future directions for the app?

Mike’s main concern is making studying for Human Anatomy easy and convenient. He believes that ‘Mike’s Anatomy’ might serve this purpose. With features like the course syllabus and the ‘muscle’ section, Mike also aims to add other sections from the course lab manual. In addition, he also plans to integrate self-testing features and study tips he has found helpful from his many years of teaching anatomy lab.

Mike hopes to use feedback from students to improve future versions of the app.

Managing flash cards and note cards especially during exam time can be time consuming and frustrating. If you think that you are having a hard time managing notes for your IPHY 3415 class, then ‘Mike’s Anatomy’ may be useful for you.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can also contact Mike himself. His contact information is as follows:

Mike Pascoe, M.S.
Doctoral Candidate
Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado Boulder,

Written by: Manaslu Bista, CU ‘11, ASSETT reporter