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This course is designed for fourth year medical students who have chosen (or are in the later stages of choosing) their area of graduate medical education (residency). Students who enroll will be privileged to assist in the dissection laboratory instruction of first year medical students. In addition, the course includes instruction in dissection technique and permits first hand advanced dissection of basic and applied regional gross anatomy of the human body in a region related to the student's area of clinical interest and consistent with the ongoing Human Structure course. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the associated histology. Fourth year students may be required to prepare prosections and deliver short instructional presentations to the first year students at the start of some lab sessions. Attendance at Human Structure didactic sessions is encouraged and active participation in osteological, histological, and section review activities for MS1s is required. Each student is required to undertake an in-depth study of some area of human structure (area to be selected in consultation with course faculty) and prepare a presentation on the material to course instructors near the end of the elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Tracy Vargo Gogola, Ph.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: IUSM - South Bend

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate a high proficiency regarding anatomical knowledge by effectively assisting MS1s in the dissection laboratory (MK1)
  • 2) Demonstrate proficiency of dissection skills by producing high quality dissections (MK1)
  • 3) Demonstrate active participation as an instructor in the Human structure course (P2)
  • 4) Demonstrate proficiency in acquisition of anatomical knowledge by presenting to course faculty a review of the chosen area of in-depth study (PBLI1)
  • 5) Describe how structures in the gross anatomy and histology laboratories relate to health as well as the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease (MK3)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form
    (Students will be assessed on the quality and completion of their educational materials, their preparedness for interactions with MS1s, and the quality and depth of their in-depth studies. Students will be evaluated through observation and review of any submitted materials. The Professional Development Evaluation rubric will be used to assess students on the following competencies: medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal skills and communication, and professionalism).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 55%Laboratory; 20%Librar/Research; 25%Lecture Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD- Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None