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Teaching

The Department of Anatomy is involved in educating students at various stages in their
education and in various fields. We employ a range of teaching methods that emphasize a mix of
didactics to encourage learning by firsthand experiences with human structure in the form of
textbooks, simulations, and most importantly, real human bodies.
Medical School Anatomy – Gross Anatomical Dissection
The Anatomy Department spends most of its time teaching in the Anatomy Laboratory in gross
anatomy labs. In these labs, students palpate and dissect human anatomy using a variety of tools.
Faculty and Academic Scholars are all involved in teaching, and provide instruction on
dissection methods, recognition of anatomical structures, and clinically relevant details of
anatomical structure.

Labs are structured so that students are not only engaged with Faculty and Academic Medicine
Scholars, but with each other in a system known as Reciprocal Peer Teaching. In lab, with the
guidance of faculty, students rotate through roles where each group of students works as a team
to dissect their own human cadavers, and further work within and across groups to become
experts at anatomy. Students also develop the essential skills of communication with the usage of
medical language, critical learning, responsibility to their team and overall professionalism.
Doctor Patient Continuum
Our faculty is involved in the school's problem-based, small group learning curriculum (DPC) in
the roles of group facilitation and clinical skills lab instruction.
The Academic Scholars Program
The Department of Anatomy heavily participates in the Academic Medicine Scholars Program, a
dual degree (MS, DO) program that trains future academic physicians who wish to participate in
both research and teaching. Academic scholars teach anatomy to first year medical students
along with Anatomy faculty. Anatomy faculty also supervise Anatomy Scholar’s research
projects, and participate in discussion-based courses that critically survey major biomedical
research topics.

Graduate Medical Education
Residents at nearby hospitals frequently utilize the Anatomy Lab to learn and practice techniques
such as thoracostomy, chest tubes, ultrasound, etc. Anatomy faculty often participate and
facilitate in these sections, which allow participants to hone their skills on the clinical
applications of anatomy.

Workshops with clubs
Faculty of the department serve as mentors to the student organizations and clubs at NYITCOM
(e.g.,Radiology Club). Student organizations hold regular special training sessions in the
anatomy lab that are partly run and mentored by Anatomy Faculty, including workshops on
intraosseous injections, chest tubes, etc.