The module encompasses topics related to gross anatomy, radiology, histology, embryology and acquired anatomic pathology. The course utilizes multiple instructional methods, including cadaver dissection in a newly renovated laboratory that encourages an investigative approach to dissection. Students work in laboratory teams and discussion groups to promote development of professional work traits, teamwork skills and self-directed problem-solving abilities important for fostering lifelong learning habits.
Throughout the pre-clerkship phase of the curriculum, a longitudinal series of ultrasound laboratories are embedded in the foundational and organ-based modules of the curriculum. The anatomy teaching faculty join members of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Radiology in teaching these hands-on small group laboratory sessions, which are mostly taught in the UAMS Clinical Skills Center with its staff of standardized patients.
Radiologists and interventional radiologists meet with students weekly to discuss clinical cases. Dr. Kevin Wong in the Department of Radiology serves as the module’s Clinical Co-Director. Moreover, numerous pathology faculty and residents volunteer to help students identify grossly visible lesions in the dissection laboratory and assist with the collection of biopsy specimens and the microscopic analysis of these specimens. This interdisciplinary and multifaced approach to dissection is documented by student team generated abstracts and presentations at a research conference held on the final day of the course.
The Human Structure faculty embrace core institutional values: integrity, respect, diversity, teamwork, creativity, and excellence. Since 1999, students have annually organized a memorial service to honor the unique contributions that anatomical donors make to their education. Furthermore, the anatomy teaching complex includes a memorial gallery of artwork presented by the class.
Note Concerning the 2021 Fall Semester
Due to our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, contemporary technology, and an instructional team with deep experience, the Human Structure course is able to provide high quality and flexible educational experiences despite challenging circumstances presented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Human Structure course plans to implement a modified schedule with partial return to in-person class and laboratory activities in August 2021. Broadly, students will be assigned to eight-member teams. Half of each team (i.e. four students) will work in the laboratory on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the other half will work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A benefit of this strategy is that it provides continuing opportunities for peer to peer learning, which expands perspectives and encourages meaningful connections.
For laboratory activities, students will be provided surgical/procedure face masks, goggles, and gloves. Hand sanitization stations are positioned at the doors to the laboratory and locker rooms.