The goal of the lecture syllabus is to:
• Create lecture outlines that are practical & easy to follow during self-study and during lecture
• Provide students with clear expectations of the anatomic content to be mastered
GROSS ANATOMY Lecture Syllabus:
In the human gross anatomy course, the primary teaching and learning tool is the human cadaver. Often, the cadaver is introduced as the medical student’s first patient. Because the cadaver was at one time a living, breathing human being, the cadaver was, in fact, a real patient at some point in time. For some reason, often unknown to the student, the patient passed away and his or her body was sent to the University of Utah’s Body Donor Program per the patient’s wishes. As a student, the only information you receive about the cause of death of the cadaver you are dissecting comes from the death certificate. Keep in mind, however, that the cause of death listed on the death certificate is often listed as the immediate cause of death. However, the immediate cause of death may have been preceded by some other long-term disease process(es). As you dissect the cadaver, you may discover pathology or variations from normal anatomy that may or may not have contributed to the death of the individual. You will use these discoveries to compose an autopsy report for your cadaver. A benefit of this exercise is the integration of coursework within the medical curriculum. In addition, this exercise will assist you in developing an understanding of the normal and pathological structure and function of the human body.