Anatomy Facilities and Instruction

Topics: Emerging Technologies, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, Program Costs, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Increasing cost, space constraints, and technological advances pressure many institutions to re-evaluate the use of cadavers in anatomy courses. While few question the value of hands-on cadaver dissection, external pressures to minimize cost-per-student incentivize the use of instructional technologies. This report examines trends in anatomy facilities, instructional models, and the use of technological alternatives at large urban institutions.

Research Questions

  • How does the use of cadavers in anatomy courses vary across disciplines?
  • How do instructors use alternatives to cadavers in anatomy courses?
  • How do instructors manage lab-based courses (e.g. in sections, in rotation) to use resources most efficiently?