Gross Anatomy Lab

Students at a demonstration in the Gross Anatomy lab.

P. Stanley Spurgeon, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, demonstrates a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) for second-year students in a medical problems course.

This lab supports anatomy instruction with 32 dissection tables and onsite specimen storage. A lecture hall nearby permits anatomical demonstrations for large groups.

Hands-on Anatomy Instruction

The lab features numerous large computer screens linked to a live feed, so if a team sees something interesting, it can be shared at once with all 180 students. There are also separate, flexible labs, where advanced anatomy students can work.

All anatomical materials and equipment used in the lab are stored in a dedicated facility within the lab, promoting a learning environment that’s both adaptable and orderly without time wasted waiting for materials.

Computer terminals contain instructional software and offer Internet access so students can use online gross anatomy resources in the lab.


Our gross anatomy lab also serves as a training facility for MD students, residents or others who want to refresh their knowledge of human anatomy or practice surgical techniques. We loan out anatomical models for educational and legal uses as well.