Histology Guide

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This virtual slide box contains 275 microscope slides for the learning histology.

Cells and Tissues

Tissues are classified into four basic types: epithelium, connective tissue (includes cartilage, bone and blood), muscle, and nervous tissue.

Organ Systems

Organs are assembled from the four basic types of tissues and have cells with specialized functions.

These slides contain tissue sections that are easily confused with each other.

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Access to the supplemental resources for this session is password-protected and restricted to University of Michigan students. If you are a University of Michigan student enrolled in a histology course at the University of Michigan, please click on the following link and use your Kerberos-password for access to download lecture handouts and the other resources.

Resources in the University of Michigan Histology Dropbox

This collection was originally compiled by Kent Christensen, Ph.D., J. Matthew Velkey, Ph.D., Lloyd M. Stoolman, M.D., Laura Hessler, and Diedra Mosley-Brower. Currently, it  is curated by Michael Hortsch, Ph.D. If you have questions or comments regarding the University of Michigan virtual slide collection, please contact Dr. Hortsch at hortsch at umich.edu.

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Respiratory system, haemopoietic and lymphoid system, cardivascular system, genitourinary system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, nervous system, reproductive system, musculoskeletal system.

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Welcome to the Virtual Microscopy Database! 

Please note that this resource is NOT for student use . The material is not organized in a way that it is useful for student learning. Therefore, students will not be accepted as users. If you are a student looking for supplemental histology learning resources, t here are several free histology website with virtual slides available on the Internet. P lease take a look at the University of Michigan Histology website:  https://histology.sites.uofmhosting.net

New applicants, please note that an  affiliation with a research or educational institution is a requirement for becoming a VMD user or donor. The purpose of the VMD is to support the creation and expansion of local educational infrastructures and it is not intended for use by students in the classroom. Therefore, o nly educators and researchers will be accepted as subscribers . If you are a student teaching in a histology/pathology course, either have your faculty supervisor sign up or ask him/her to email us that you are a GSA in his/her course. 

With the advent and the proliferation of virtual microscopy in histology and pathology education and research, VMD was created as a centralized repository where the community of scholars and researchers can share a large selection of virtual tissue slides for enhancing education, research, and scholarship. 

The VMD would not be possible without its users willing to donate and share their collection of virtual slides, the Innovation Program from the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) and members of the Digital Histology Interest Group. 

If you would like to access the VMD collections, become a VMD subscriber today! Free VMD membership is available to faculty, staff or investigators with educational or research institutional affiliations.

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Read more about VMD subscription, navigating the database or donating collections by clicking on the links above.

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If you are looking for more high-quality electron micrograph images, please check out the Nanotomy Database  by Dr. Ben Giepmans from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

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Use images from the VMD to manage your online histology course Added on 03/25/2020 01:46 AM by hortsch Dear Colleagues, As our classrooms need to stay off limits during this worldwide crisis, online resources like the Virtual Microscopy Database will hopefully help to keep our educational mission going. Please let other colleagues know that the VMD is open to educators and researchers (but not for general student use) for building or supporting their own local online teaching resources. These colleagues are welcome to send us their application and to use the VMD for free. Best wishes and greeting to all of you from the VMD Administrators Lisa, Haviva and Michael


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