The Human Body
The Human Body is a seven-week intensive introduction to anatomy, from microscopic to macroscopic, including embryology. The course is taught using case-based methods in small tutorial sessions and laboratories. There is intensive use of computer teaching materials. Occasional lectures will emphasize general principles and focus on practical applications of anatomic knowledge. Lectures are not intended to be comprehensive and students are expected to spend several hours outside of class daily in order to master the material. Laboratories offer experience in solving structural problems in histology, gross anatomy and radiology. Patient simulations and actual patient cases further emphasize the value of anatomic knowledge to general medical practice. The course challenges students to integrate structural principles across all levels of magnification, and to build a fundamental knowledge of structure/function correlation rather than to memorize structural details. Most faculty are available for tutoring, teaching sessions and guidance outside of scheduled classes.
- Tutor: Meets with 8 students on average 3 times per week for 1 hour to facilitate case discussion.
- Gross Anatomy Lab Instructor: Meets with small groups of students 3 times per week on average 2-3 hours for teaching gross anatomy.
- Histology Lab Instructor: Meets with 12 students on average 1-2 times per week for 2-3 hours teaching lab exercises.
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