Histology is an extremely important topic during medical school, both in the pre-clinical years as you study anatomy and pathology, and during the clinical years when you are diagnosing patients. Many questions during school, including all three parts of the USMLE or COMLEX test will include histologic slides and ask for diagnosis or interpretation. It is imperative that all medical students get a solid foundation in histology. Years ago, most student would purchase histology textbooks. However, recently, a number of medical schools have created free and easy-to-use websites for studying histology. If you are still a book person, let me suggest Histology: A Text and Atlas which has great slides and explanations. Otherwise, if you are like me and would like to save the money, let me outline some of the best histology review sites on the internet.
If you don’t want to spend the money and don’t mind using websites to study, let me recommend two fantastic histology websites
- The Boston University Histology Learning System. The absolute best review of histology on the web. If you know of a better website please let me know, I doubt there can be one. They have hundreds of slides and tutorials categorized by organ system. I found this site late in my medical school career, otherwise I would have used it routinely.
- The University of Utah Department of Anatomy/Histology Tutorial. I recently wrote short post specifically about the anatomy and pathology reviews on this website. In addition to these reviews, there are a small number great slides and explanations for most stains and systems.
- The University of Florida Histology Tutorial: This website is older and does not boast as many images as the previous sites. However, the site does provide a quiz mode and tutorial mode that allows learners to see and locate hundreds of different structures.
- Kansas City University Histology Review: Titled “Ed’s Basic Histology Review” this site will not win any web-design awards. However, its simple layout and high yield facts make it a quick and great study resource.
If you know of other great websites, please let me know.