Creating professional, informative integumentary system brochures in Anatomy & Physiology Students make pretend pamphlets for dermatologists to help educate patients on skin conditions

Creating individual sections that contain information regarding the three separate diseases, burns as well as the functions of the various elements in the integumentary system, junior Isabell Min made a simple, yet effective brochure. students have been given 15-20 minutes at the end of every class to finish. “Although this project took me quite some time, it helped me learn about many intriguing skin diseases I didn't even know existed,” junior Isabell Min said. Photo Credit: Isabell Min

To vary instructional techniques and introduce a different way of learning, Mary Breslins’ Anatomy & Physiology class have been creating informative brochures to help them gain a better understanding of the integumentary system. 

“Normally we do a skin tissue box in class so the brochure is a way of introducing the integumentary system to the students in a fun and interactive way,” Breslin said. “There are a lot of layers and different accessory structures and functions of the skin so I transitioned my usual project into something that could be adaptable to distance learning.”

Information in the brochure must include a hand-drawn image of the skin, burns, and three specific diseases related to the integumentary system and their treatments. 

“This brochure has helped me understand the integumentary system better because it allowed me to visualize the vast amount of information in an organized manner,” junior Tyler Reyes said. “It was really fun to make and I was able to get really creative with it and now I feel like I am better prepared for the test.” 

Grading will be based on the accuracy of the information provided on the pamphlet, evidence and cited sources, organization and the overall understanding of the system. 

“The integumentary system brochure was something new and exciting because it was a change in pace from the worksheets and Nearpod lessons we have been doing,” junior Cheri Chen said. “I appreciate Mrs. Breslin letting us work on it on our own time and explore our creativity by making hand drawn pictures and arranging it articulately by ourselves.” 

Brochures are due on Nov. 6. Breslin wants students to do their best work so that the brochure could potentially be given to a dermatologist to hand out and educate patients regarding concerns over diseases and other skin problems. 

“Most of the time if you go into a medical office the brochures educate people about the various different things such as laser treatment instead of telling you about skin diseases,” Breslin said. “The brochures are a way of educating people and this gives students the opportunity to use your knowledge, instead of memorizing a bunch of information and gets you to actually think about it and organize.”

Do you know what the integumentary system is?