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 weeks, depending on PISCEs modules selected. 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 Block 9, with opportunities to learn best practices for teaching and learning, develop instructional materials and review content, and teach in the medical school PISCEs modules.  Teaching opportunities include in lab-style learning environments, and in-person and Zoom recitation sessions. Students can repeat the elective in 4-week or 2-week time periods, to cover different content teaching experiences.

Most students will be interested in being prosectors and teachers for anatomy content. This year those opportunities have been spread out over the PISCEs curricular years (M1), in the following calendar weeks:

Prosection & Teaching Blocks

For the 2022-2023 academic year:

2nd and 3rd weeks in July (Block 10)

Cadaver prosection of thorax, abdomen, pelvis; head and neck; and back and limbs during the Anatomy and Ultrasound Medical Educator Fellowship

4th week in August, 1st-3rd weeks in September (Blocks 12 and 13)

M1 student teaching, and some cadaver prosection in Foundations 2

Week 1: Neuroanatomy

Week 2: Thorax

Week 3: Abdomen

Week 4: Pelvis

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year:

2nd-4th weeks in October (Blocks 13 and 14)

M2 student teaching, and some cadaver prosection in Dermatology/Rheumatology/Musculoskeletal System (DRMSK)

Week 1: Upper extremity

Week 2: Lower extremity

Week 3: Neck and Back

2nd week in November (Block 15)

M2 student teaching, and some cadaver prosection in Head and Neck Integration

Week 1: Head and Neck

In each anatomy-related PISCEs week above, there are two anatomy labs, which will be semi-guided prosections based on the dissections that were completed in July. Expect that final dissection clean-up will be necessary in preparation for labs. Each PISCEs module is split into 2-week sub-modules. The anatomy assessments will include weekly Team-Based Learning (TBL) individual and group readiness assurance tests (iRAT/gRAT), and a shortened practical exam with written exams that include all sub-module content.

Teaching & Instructional Design Blocks

Blocks 11, 14 – 20 the content will cover the multi-disciplinary systems, the schedule of which is available upon request. Teaching duties will primarily involve running recitation sessions for students, and when requested, helping with TBL and other small group learning activities.

Learning Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

Each week students are required to complete readings and reflections on best practices for teaching and learning and will meet with the Course director to correlate teaching activities.


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.