Anatomy MSIV Courses

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APG Graduate Education Courses

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Course #: ATR 4110 Neuroanatomy Clerkship

Duration: 4

Hours: 5

Grading: (Pass/Fail)

Course Description: Provide opportunity for student to carry out integrated review of head & neck anatomy with functional neuroanatomy. Practical application of anatomical knowledge in relation to clinical medicine is stressed. Students enrolled in clerkship can assist in teaching in the Clinical Head and Neck Anatomy and Functional Neuroscience course and participate in faculty reviews. Independent cadaver dissection of head & neck region, study of gross brain, slices & CNS myelin-stained slides. Utilize USU computer modules on head neck and CNS anatomy. Comments: Interactive software on head and neck modules, functional neuroscience and lesion localization & radiology support this process.


Course #: ATR 4140 Anatomy Teaching Elective

Course Type: C

Department: Surgery and or APG department 

Duration: 4 (One Block/Round) or 8 (Two Blocks/Rounds)

Hours: 4 (One Block/Round) or 8 (Two Blocks/Rounds)

Grading: (Honors/Pass/Fail)

Course Description: Students will assist Course Director and the Anatomy/Surgical Faculty members in teaching anatomy in the School of Medicine First-Year and Second-Year Gross Anatomy Courses.  The lectures are held in Lecture Hall E and the labs are held in the Anatomical Teaching Laboratory, USUHS (Ground Floor).  The senior student participates as a junior faculty member, teaching cadaver dissections to the first-year medical students, performing prosections, creating teaching material, leading small group reviews, and presenting prosections to the faculty members and their classmates – all under the supervision of the anatomy/surgical faculty members. 

Comments: Participation must be approved in advance by Mr. Edward Jones (, Dr. David Mears (, or Dr. Guinevere Granite ( Early sign-up is recommended since the number of participants may be limited.

Site: Anatomical Teaching Laboratory (ATL), USUHS 


Course #: ATR 4150 Forensic Anthropolgy 

Credit Hours: 34 hours (4 hours, 2 times a week for 4 weeks)

Grading: Pass/Fail

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the application of forensic anthropology. The aim is to understand how anthropologists apply scientific principles and processes to the collection and analysis of skeletal evidence. Topics include anthropology within the context of forensic investigations, human skeletal biology, and research methods, including analyzing bone trauma, pathology, and taphonomy. Anticipated initial course would be offered to up to 20 students during their fourth year. Potential student interest would include pathology, radiology, orthopedics, and any other students with an interest in forensics. This course can be beneficial to military surgeons and medical practitioners who are involved in disaster recovery and combat-related injuries/fatalities. It can provide them with a better understanding of osteology, bone trauma and pathology.

Additional information:

Course Introduction:

Forensic anthropology, the analysis of human skeletal remains, has advanced significantly in recent history.

This course will focus on:                   

  • The science of forensic anthropology and its applications to criminal and medico-legal investigation
  • Investigative methods
  • How forensic anthropologists work with medical examiners and pathologists during forensic cases
  • Research methods for identifying, examining, analyzing, and interpreting human skeletal remains
  • Human skeletal anatomy and dentition review
  • Anthropometric instruments and measurement
  • Reorientation with the standard anatomical position, anatomical planes, and terms of orientation

Students will study actual forensic anthropological cases, examine actual skeletal remains, and answer these 10 standard questions:

  1. Are the bones human?
  2. How many individuals are represented?
  3. How long ago did death occur?
  4. What was the person's age at death?
  5. What was the person's sex?
  6. What was the person's ethnicity/ancestry?
  7. What was the person's height?
  8. Are there any identifying characteristics to aid in personal/positive identification?
  9. What was the cause of death?
  10. What was the manner of death?

Course Outcomes:

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply scientific principles and processes to the collection and evaluation of evidence
  • Analyze evidence and case details and recommend solutions using appropriate quantitative and qualitative anthropological and statistical methods
  • Accurately and effectively communicate their findings using appropriate terminology and format

Course location: G-028 ATL Classroom


Course #: ATR 4780 Advanced Anatomy - Cadaver Dissection Review

Course Type: S

Department: Dept of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics (APG)

Duration: 4 (One Block/Round) or 8 (Two Blocks/Rounds)

Hours: 8

Grading: (Honors/Pass/Fail)

Course Description: The student performs independent cadaver dissections on a preserved cadaver under the supervision of Dr. Seyfer. The elective provides experiences that are appropriate for an upcoming internship or residency.  The goal is to review pertinent anatomy and other skills that are needed in PGY1.  The elective can be tailored to the individual student’s choice of specialty or subspecialty. 

Comments: Participation must be approved in advance by Dr. Seyfer via email- Early sign-up is recommended since the number of participants is limited.

Site: Anatomical Teaching Laboratory (ATL), USUHS