011.1  Teaching in the Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (non-clinical rotation)

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Course Director: Jonathan J. Wisco, PhD



2-4 week blocks, up to 10 weeks.  Any combination of blocks is available.


Blocks 10-20 Please arrange schedule with Dr. Wisco

The Teaching in the Anatomical and Physiological Sciences elective is offered in all M4 elective blocks, except for the first and last blocks, with opportunities to learn best practices for teaching and learning, develop instructional materials and review content, and teach in the medical school Principles Integrating Science, Clinical Medicine, and Equity (PISCEs) and Advanced Integration in Medicine (AIM) modules.  Teaching opportunities include in-lab learning environments, and in-person and Zoom recitation sessions. Students can repeat the elective in 4-week or 2-week time periods up to 10 weeks total, to cover different content teaching experiences.

Many students will be interested in being prosectors and teachers for anatomy content for the M1 and M2 students in PISCEs. Those experiences are typically from June through November, which are typically Blocks 10-16. Specifically:

  1. Anatomy and Ultrasound Medical Educator Fellowship. (AUSMEF) program for rising M2 students (full body dissection) is typically the 2nd – 4th weeks of June
  2. Neuro/ENT (head and neck) is typically the 2nd or 3rd week of August
  3. Foundations 2 (thorax, abdomen, pelvis, neuroanatomy) is typically the last week of August through the 1st week of September.
  4. Dermatology/Rheumatology/Musculoskeletal Medicine (back and limbs) is typically the last three weeks of October through the 1st week in November.

Classroom experiences across the M1 and M2 modules in PISCEs and AIM have been a valuable experience for students as well. Those are scheduled throughout Blocks 10-20.

Faculty and students across PISCEs and AIM have appreciated the help and presence of M4 students to enrich the educational experience at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine! “We love our M4s!”

Since the schedule changes slightly from year to year, please e-mail Dr. Wisco <> for a complete listing of the schedule.


012.1  Advanced Clinical Anatomy/Research in Anatomy  (non-clinical elective)

Instructors: Drs. Van Houten (Course Director), Hoyt and Nandy

Location: BUSM Instructional Bldg. Rm. 1004

Telephone: 638-4200

Number of Students: twenty (Fourth Year Medical Students)

Period to be offered: Block 17: January-February

Description of Elective:

An advanced anatomy course consisting of both guided laboratory dissection and related lectures on clinical anatomy by physicians in a variety of clinical specialties. Laboratory dissections are based on actual surgical approaches, whenever possible, and the relationship between gross anatomy and radiographic anatomy is continually emphasized. Completion of medical gross anatomy is a prerequisite of this course.