PAS 500: Gross Human Anatomy

This course is designed to examine the nature and organization of the major, grossly visible structural components of the dissected human body.

The course emphasizes the normal functions of the above components, particularly as these functions relate to clinical management of patients. The course is composed of lectures and demonstrations, laboratories and clinical correlations. Lectures and demonstrations are given by the gross anatomy staff. These involve a presentation of anatomical details along with general functions and aspects of clinical relevance. In the laboratory, pairs of students, under the guidance of the faculty, dissect and present the anatomical detail and general organization of assigned regions to the other students at their dissecting table. Additional study aids, such as radiographs, CAT-scans, MRIs, special dissections and cross-section also are made available. Clinical correlations are presented throughout the course to augment the material in each region.

By the end of the course, the gross anatomy of the entire human body will have been surveyed. Experience gained by dissection should permit students to relate the more advanced anatomy of their interests to that of the human body as a whole, and to the interests of their colleagues, as in consultation or in presentation of patients.

Fall semester

Number of students: 180

Required course for first year medical students (MS1)

Course Director: John Kolega, PhD