Anatomy and Embryology

Our Anatomy Embryology 2nd imaging curriculum is unique in its approach and innovative in its design, providing students with a solid foundation on which to build their medical knowledge. Our approach, Case-Directed Anatomy, uses clinical cases to introduce anatomical concepts and facts that are reinforced using prosected fresh cadavers (not preserved so that the texture and color are accurate) and relevant imaging modalities.  

The coursework includes the following:

Anatomy sessions are held each week in year 1 and less frequently in year 2. Students preview a clinical case with specific clinical questions and anatomical objectives to focus learning on the relevant anatomy. Cases are then discussed in class with a clinical faculty member followed by a cadaver laboratory focused on the anatomical topics of the week. In the cadaver laboratory, students rotate through four prosected cadaver stations in addition to a review of relevant radiographic imaging. The imaging component in the first year is extensive and includes instruction about imaging related to the cadaver anatomy viewed that day, lead by a radiologist.

Students review anatomy again in each of the organ-system courses in year 2. Dissection experience can be gained by assisting residents as they prepare the prosections for the year 1 and year 2 students. Anatomy is further reinforced during third-year clinical rotations, and surgical anatomy electives are available in years 3-5.

Additionally, an anatomy course for Physician Assistants (PA) is being taught at the Cleveland Clinic and CCLCM medical students are able to participate as teaching assistants.  In this role, they prepare the cadaver dissections and instruct the PA students as they rotate around the laboratory.