The new face of gross anatomy



The nature of anatomy education has changed substantially over the past decade due to both a new generation of students who learn differently from those of past years and the enormity of advances in anatomical imaging and viewing. At Mount Sinai School of Medicine, our anatomy courses have been designed to meld classic dissection with the tools physicians and surgeons will use tomorrow. We introduce students to the newest technologies available for viewing the body, such as minimally invasive approaches, ultrasonography, three-dimensional visualizations, multi-axial computerized image reconstructions, multi-planar magnetic resonance imaging, and plastinated prosections. Students are given a hands-on, team-building experience operating laparoscopes in the laboratory. A great strength of our program is the important and active participation by faculty from 15 different basic and clinical departments, including several chairs and voluntary faculty. This interdisciplinary approach brings to our students direct, one-on-one encounters or presentations by our finest physicians and surgeons and our core anatomy faculty. In addition, the presence of many teaching assistants drawn from upper classmen and advanced graduate students adds an additional, vibrant dimension. Our anatomy programs for medical/graduate students and postgraduates are structured around three simple principles: (1) it is a privilege to teach, (2) we enlist only passionate teachers, and (3) it is our role to instill appreciation and respect for human form. Anat Rec (New Anat) 269:81–88, 2002. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.