Teaching Methodology: Anatomy Department

The Department of Anatomy is involved in educating students at different stages in their medical education and in preparation for work in a variety of fields. We employ a range of teaching methods that emphasize a mix of didactics that encourage learning by first-hand experiences with human structure in the form of textbooks, simulations, and, most importantly, real human bodies.

Medical School Anatomy: Gross Anatomical Dissection

We focus most of our teaching in the anatomy laboratory in gross anatomy lab work, where students palpate and dissect human anatomy using a variety of tools. Faculty members and academic medicine scholars are all involved in teaching, providing instruction on dissection methods, recognition of anatomical structures, and clinically relevant details of anatomical structure.

Labs are structured so that students engage not only with faculty members and academic medicine scholars, but also with each other in a system known as “reciprocal peer teaching.” With faculty guidance, students rotate through roles as a team to dissect human cadavers, working within and across groups to become experts in anatomy. Students also develop essential skills in communication through the use of medical language, critical learning, teamwork, and overall professionalism.

Doctor Patient Continuum (DPC)

Our faculty members participate in NYITCOM’s problem-based, small group learning curriculum as group facilitators and clinical skills lab instructors.

Academic Medicine Scholars

The Department of Anatomy is deeply involved in the school’s academic medicine scholars program, a competitive merit-based program that trains future academic physicians who wish to participate in research and teaching. Academic scholars teach anatomy to first-year medical students along with faculty members, conduct faculty-supervised research, and participate in discussion-based courses that critically survey major biomedical research topics. Academic medicine scholars spend an extra year at NYITCOM and graduate with a dual Osteopathic Medicine, D.O./Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences, M.S. degree.

Graduate Medical Education

Residents at nearby hospitals frequently utilize our anatomy lab to learn and practice techniques including thoracostomy, chest tube insertion and procedures, and ultrasound. Anatomy faculty members participate in and facilitate these sessions, which allow participants to hone their skills on the clinical applications of anatomy.

Workshops with Clubs

Faculty of the department serve as mentors to NYITCOM student organizations and clubs. Student organizations hold special training sessions in the anatomy lab that are partially run and mentored by anatomy faculty, including workshops on intraosseous injections, chest tube insertions, and other practices.