Medical School Courses and the Division of Anatomical Education

Anthony T. Manning is the 2009–2010 recipient of the Lawrence E. Scheving Award for achieving the highest grade in the first-year Gross Anatomy course. Anthony’s name is inscribed on a perpetual plaque that is positioned at the entrance of the Division of Anatomical Education office complex in the College of Public Health Building. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Scheving who served as a faculty member in the UAMS College of Medicine for twenty years, including fifteen years as Director of the Gross Anatomy Course. Prior to his academic career, he served in the U.S. Army, landed in Normandy on D-Day, became a tank commander, and at one point served on the personal staff of General George Patton. Later he became an internationally recognized investigator in chronobiology supported by multiple NIH grants from the National Cancer Institute.

The Division of Anatomical Education satisfies a need for centralization of administrative functions in support of anatomical education programs within the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences.  Administered from within the Division are all undergraduate medical education programs of the department.  The Division also supports a limited number of graduate medical education programs, research that utilizes cadaver material, and workshops and training sessions that utilize cadaver material. The Anatomical Gift Program,that provides support for the gross anatomical educational mission of the department, is included in the division.

Undergraduate Medical Teaching

The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology is responsible for the teaching of three core courses for freshman medical students – Gross Anatomy, Microscopic Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Gross Anatomy. This course is taught in conjunction with the medical school curriculum.  It uses lectures, discussion groups and supervised dissection to present the gross anatomy of the human body. Dr. Patrick Tank, Director, 8 credit hours.

Medical Neuroscience. This course is taught in conjunction with the medical school curriculum.  It focuses on the basic development, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the brain.  It also considers the gross and internal morphology, pathways, and functions of the nervous system.  Basic principles of the nerve action potential and synapses, and of sensory, motor, and autonomic, limbic and higher systems are discussed.  Applications of neurology, pharmacology, pathology, toxicology, psychology and psychiatry are made. Dr. Bob Skinner, Director, 5 credit hours.

Microscopic Anatomy. This course emphasizes the development, structure, and functions of the tissues and organs of the human body. Lectures, study of tissue sections using computer assisted instruction and closed circuit television are used. Dr. Cindy Kane, Director, 3 credit hours.

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