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Experiential learning is an important part of the medical education curriculum. Our goal was to establish an experiential learning skeletal muscle physiology lab activity that would improve undergraduate MD pre-clerkship students’ skill to collect muscle force measurements using a hand-held dynamometer (HHD) and understanding of core physiological concepts. We developed a lab activity where students performed two experiments using an HHD: (1) The Elbow Flexion Experiment and (2) The Fatigue Experiment. The activity enhanced medical students’ understanding of skeletal muscle length-tension relationships as evidenced by students’ positive survey responses.

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medical student

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Medical Education

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