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Facts About Anatomy Instruction

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Interest in anatomy probably started as soon as humans acquired curiosity. Some of the earliest written records of human anatomy originated approximately 3600 years ago by the Egyptians. Anatomical study continued to move geographically north with increased knowledge and expertise.

Facts on Anatomy Course at University of Maryland School of Medicine  

  • Anatomical study begins in the first year of medical school

  • Less than 200 hours of dissection (UMD approximately 100 hours)

  • All students dissect the entire human body

  • Anatomical study continues to be reinforced through all four years-lifetime

  • Numerous materials for study in addition to dissection

  • Videos, CD-ROM, web sites, models, skeletons for each student

  • Supplemental imaging [X-rays, Magnetic Resonance (MR), Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), Ultrasound]

  • Body sections, plastinized specimens, 3-D reconstruction

  • All professor lecture notes, slides, and audio available on school intranet

Where do the bodies used for anatomical study come from and what happens to them?  

All cadavers used for anatomy instruction are voluntarily donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board. The anatomy lab of the University of Maryland School of Medicine is housed on the second floor of the Bressler Research Building (where Mini-Med School classes are held). Following daily lectures starting at 8:00 a.m. for ten weeks, students dissect for at least two to three hours under the supervision of ten to 12 faculty members.