Anatomy Courses

We offer courses in gross human anatomy and embryology for graduate students, undergraduate students, and professional and nontraditional students (residents, practicing physicians, biomedical engineers, etc.).

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Anatomy Courses

ANAT 3001 - Human Anatomy

ANAT 3001 - Human Anatomy

This course is an undergraduate lecture course taught in the fall semester. Total enrollment is approximately 350.

Teaching Faculty:
Mark Cook, Course Director
Vincent Barnett, faculty
Anthony Weinhaus, faculty

ANAT 3601/3611 - Principles of Human Anatomy

ANAT 3601/3611 - Principles of Human Anatomy

This course is an undergraduate course taught in the spring semester. Total enrollment is approximately 300 in ANAT 3601 and 150 in 3611. ANAT 3611 is the evening section of the course and is identical to 3601. This lecture course is designed to be accompanied by the lab course ANAT 3602 or 3612.

Teaching Faculty:
Anthony Weinhaus, course director
Mark Cook, faculty
Vincent Barnett, faculty

ANAT 3602/3612 - Principles of Human Anatomy Laboratory

ANAT 3602/3612 - Principles of Human Anatomy Laboratory

This lab accompanies ANAT 3601/3611 in the spring semester. The lab is highly recommended to students enrolled in the Anatomy Lecture. Enrollment typically exceeds 400 students. There are 11 lab sections per week with 50 to 60 cadaveric specimens available for lab demonstrations. Undergraduate teaching assistants assist with prosections and laboratory set up. Between 14 and 20 teaching assistants are used to staff the lab sections in this course.

Teaching Faculty:
Anthony Weinhaus, course director
Mark Cook, faculty

ANAT 4900 - Directed Studies in Anatomy

ANAT 4900 - Directed Studies in Anatomy

Intended for students who have successfully completed ANAT 3001/ 3301 or ANAT 3601/ 3611 and have arranged to conduct an extensive research project with course director or have been selected as a Teaching Assistant.

Requires course director's approval

ANAT 5095 - Advanced Problems in Anatomy

ANAT 5095 - Advanced Problems in Anatomy

Exceptional projects that do not easily fit within confines of other ANAT offerings. Examples include but not limited to individual teaching or research projects. prereq: one or more ANAT classes, instr consent

ANAT 5150 - Human Gross Anatomy

ANAT 5150 - Human Gross Anatomy

Human cadaveric dissection based on traditional preparation, lab dissection, review sections, radiographic analysis, clinical correlations. Taught by regions. Extremities, torso, head/neck. Assessment by mid-semester/final written/practical examinations. prereq: instr consent, For Medical Students, or Graduate students enrolled in an appropriate graduate program as determined by instructor.

ANAT 6050 - Dental Gross Anatomy

ANAT 6050 - Dental Gross Anatomy

This course is taken by dental students and graduate students (with permission). Total course attendance is typically 96 students. This course is taught in 15 weeks, meeting for lab on T, Th, Fri. All lectures are on-line. The course begins in October and continues through December.

Teaching Faculty:
Mark Cook, Faculty

ANAT 5999/7999 - Postgraduate Head and Neck Anatomy

ANAT 5999/7999 - Postgraduate Head and Neck Anatomy

This course is taught to medical and dental specialty residents. It meets two evenings per weeks with a full head and neck dissection lab.

Mark Cook, course director
Anthony Weinhaus, faculty
This course also employs 1-2 teaching assistants selected from upper division medical or dental students.

ANAT 7600 - Advanced Topics in Anatomy

ANAT 7600 - Advanced Topics in Anatomy

This course for medical students is an independent study review course of regional anatomy with full dissection. This course is also taken by all teaching assistants for a minimum of 2 weeks. During this time, teaching techniques and issues surrounding being a TA are taught.

ANAT 7601 and 7602 - Advanced Clinical Gross Anatomy

ANAT 7601 and 7602 - Advanced Clinical Gross Anatomy

This course was a new course in 2002. It is offered over two blocks (S3B and 3). In this course, the students review the gross anatomy of the entire human body. Students also perform regional dissections, under the guidance of anatomy faculty, with emphasis on clinical applications of gross anatomical structure and function. This course provides students with instruction and experience in teaching techniques in clinical anatomy. This is the course students take when they TA ANAT 6150 for credit. 

Specific Course Objectives:

  1. Complete review of gross human anatomy. This will be accomplished through complete dissection of a cadaveric specimen in the gross anatomy laboratory.
  2. Review of surface anatomy with emphasis on application of clinical anatomy to clinical exam methods and techniques. The students will review the practical correlates between gross anatomy and clinical exam methods. This will include developing fundamental examples of clinical application of gross anatomical principles for use in medical education.
  3. Investigation of case study literature to identify and summarize clinical application of basic anatomical principles. The students will search the medical literature to identify original published cases that demonstrate the importance of basic anatomical principles in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.
  4. Instruction and practicum in teaching techniques for academic clinicians. Students will be instructed in techniques of didactic teaching to large groups and interactive teaching to small groups. Practical teaching experience may include both large group prelab lectures and laboratory instruction in gross anatomy to medical students.

Class size is limited to 14 students.

ANAT 7800 - Advanced Surgical Anatomy for Medical Students

ANAT 7800 - Advanced Surgical Anatomy for Medical Students

Taught by members of the Surgery Department and the Program in Human Anatomy, this course teaches surgical anatomy through common surgical procedures. Students will work as teams in a simulated operating room environment Students are also introduced to operating room procedures, resource management, and teamwork.

Prerequisite: Anatomy 6801.

Integrative Biology & Physiology / Anatomy

PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy

PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy

This course is sponsored by the Physiology Industrial Advisory Board and is a week long intensive course for biomedical engineers. It enrolls students from University of Minnesota and from biomedical engineering companies in the metro area, around the country, and around the world. The anatomy component of the course is a full thorax dissection lab given in the afternoon (3 hours with lecture). It typically enrolls 90 students.

Teaching Faculty for Anatomy:
Anthony Weinhaus, course director and lecturer for anatomy portion

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PHSL 5525 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System

PHSL 5525 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System

This is a short course focused on the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis, perineum, and urinary system. It has a strong anatomical bias with the pelvis and perineum, but will delve more deeply into the physiology of the urinary system. Some time will be spent considering common pelvic dysfunction (including incontinence, prolapsed and erectile dysfunction), urological pathophysiology and renal physiology. Each afternoon is spent in the U of MN human cadaver lab.

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