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Self Assessment for CRR Histology

Three distinct self-assessment resources are available for CRR histology.

1. Self Assessment Questions, available on-line (links below) -- These are multiple-choice questions, mostly vocabulary review.

SAQ, Introduction -- microscopy, cells, basic tissue types, blood cells.
SAQ, Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems.
SAQ, Respiratory System.
SAQ, Renal System.

2. SAQ slides, available for check-out in the Medical Resource Center -- These are unlabelled microscope slides for identification, study, and interpretation.

Nine unlabelled SAQ slides represent autopsy specimens from the Pathology Department in Springfield.  

(This is a limited resource, so please check out the slides only for as long as you are actually using them.  Twelve identical sets are available.  If more are needed, please e-mail Dr. King.)

EVALUATION:  Any of the SAQ slides may appear on the CRR End-of-Unit Evaluation.

For each SAQ slide:

  1. Describe the basic tissue elements which appear on the slide; and ...
  2. Insofar as possible, identify the source for the specimen (i.e., what part of the body is represented on the slide?).  
  3. Hints are available on line.
  4. You are expected to work together.
  5. Once you have identified the source for each specimen, study it further as a representative sample of that organ.  Several of the SAQ slides present some features better than the slides in your reference set.

Most of these specimens are nominally "normal", although certain areas may display unfamiliar appearance due to post-mortem change, less-than-ideal fixation, or other causes.  None are patently pathological.  Each slide includes at least one distinctive clue (sometimes small and obscure) which enables recognition of the source.

Groups are invited to schedule times to discuss these slides with Dr. King.  Alternatively, individuals and/or groups may submit (either e-mail or on paper) a written description of any slide, for evaluation of the accuracy and thoroughness of observations and of the adequacy of reasons for source identification.

Be advised, however, that the source of particular specimens shall not be revealed.  If you have identified a specimen confidently, on the basis of reliable observations, you will know that you have done so and should not need further confirmation.  Otherwise, you have not yet completed the exercise.

General hints for all slides.

Read this page before beginning this SAQ exercise.

Hints for individual slides.

DO NOT open these hints until you have first examined the slides.  Otherwise you will spoil the fun and thwart the purpose of the exercise.

Comments and questions:

SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King
Last updated:  8 September 2021 / dgk