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Course Overview

Gross and Developmental Anatomy is a first year course designed to provide students with a fundamental working knowledge of normal human gross and developmental anatomy as a basis for the practice of medicine.

Course Goals and Objectives

Students should develop a human mental image (HMI) of the human body and its constituent tissues and organs and their associated function so that they may recognize deviations from normal structure and function and thus be able to diagnosis abnormal clinical conditions caused by altered anatomy.

The Gross and Developmental Anatomy course is divided into three blocks: 1) Back and Upper Limb; 2) Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum; 3) Lower Limb, Head and Neck. Each laboratory period is preceded by a formal lecture or video learning module. Throughout the course 18 lectures of Developmental Anatomy are strategically placed to teach the students the normal embryological sequence of events and to familiarize them to possible developmental problems that a physician may encounter. Also included are clinical correlates which emphasize the clinical relevance to each anatomical region being investigated and Problem Based Learning modules that introduce the students into developing systematic techniques in order to arrive at a differential diagnosis. In addition, during each block students will be divided into small groups to be instructed in the normal radiographic anatomy of the areas of dissection. This will also include CT and MRI scans. One simulation center experience (The Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training (Tulane SIM Center)) is added to each block in which each student receives hands-on techniques in placing central lines, performing lumbar punctures, brachial plexus blocks, and intubations.

The course is of approximately 180 contact hours during the fall semester of four months duration. There are both clinicians and anatomists on the course faculty providing for a rich mix of clinical and laboratory experience. The faculty and students of Gross Anatomy are together considered a team to begin the process of producing physicians of the highest quality.

Contact Information 

Course Director:Dr. Raj Ettarh
Office Address: 1430 Tulane Ave., room 3301
Office Phone: (504) 988-2537
Office fax: 504-988-1687

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112