Clinical anatomy for surgical residents: A 10‐week course

Janet R. Osuch, Kimberly B. Dean, Rexford E. Carrow, Richard E. Dean

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The limited exposure of medical students to gross anatomy has significant bearing on those students who elect a surgical career. In an effort to address this deficiency, a 10‐week, 50 hour clinically oriented anatomy course was developed for third year surgical residents. The aim of the course was to provide clinical interpretation of anatomy in the regions of head/neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis/inguinal and extremities as it pertains to the challenges facing a surgeon. Each of 20, 2‐hour laboratory experiences was preceded by a brief presentation from a clinician who identified the surgical complexities of the area, to include: unique blood supply, intraorganal lobular anatomy or problems of exposure as it relates to operations. The constant interface with the Anatomist facilitated the learning experience which occurred in the laboratory. The relationship between operative challenges and structural knowledge provided the optimal learning experience for course participants. Problems encountered were primarily logistical in nature and will be addressed in future courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical surgical anatomy
  • resident course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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