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Department of Anatomy Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an outstanding education in the anatomical sciences to future health care
professionals and researchers as well as to advance knowledge through insightful, interdisciplinary, and
impactful research on living and extinct species.

We provide osteopathic medical students comprehensive instruction in human functional and clinical
anatomy through hands-on dissections, lectures, workshops, and integration of technology. We also
equip osteopathic physicians with the skills needed for future learning through the duration of their
medical practice by integrating sound scientific principles and critical thinking. We facilitate lifetime
learning through faculty and facility involvement in Continuing Medical Education, and we involve senior
students in training of their junior colleagues through the Academic Medicine Scholars program.

We further train our students to be not only practitioners of medicine, but also innovators and
researchers. We accomplish this through one-on- one research mentorships with undergraduate and
medical students. We also lead by example, with the entire faculty in the Department of Anatomy
having impactful, externally fundable research programs in anatomical sciences, paleobiology,
evolutionary morphology. Furthermore, our department seeks to increase research and scientific
literacy in the anatomical sciences, both within the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, and among
the broader population in which our future doctors will serve. We accomplish this through publication
and dissemination of research in functional and clinical anatomy, and organismal biology, and through
public outreach activities in conjunction with other institutions of higher learning as well as local schools
and museums.

Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Anatomy at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic
Medicine. Our department provides instruction to students in NYIT’s programs in osteopathic medicine,
academic medicine, and physical therapy, as well as those conducting postgraduate surgical education.
We strive to provide the best possible education for our medical students through small-group, hands-on
learning in the anatomy lab. A cornerstone of our curriculum is the experience of cadaver-based
dissection, which we augment with the latest in educational technology.

Our faculty members include world-recognized leaders in vertebrate anatomy, with publications in the
journals Science, Nature, Current Biology, as well the anatomy-specific journals Anatomical Record and
Journal of Anatomy. We believe we contribute to osteopathic medicine by not only studying the body as a
unit, but by also studying the human body as the product of 3.5 billion years of evolution and adaptation.

Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Anatomy