Program Overview

This program provides rigorous academic training for students pursuing academic careers in the teaching and administration of the clinical anatomical sciences in the professional school environment. This program is organized and implemented by the Anatomy program in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) under the framework of the William Carey University (WCU) Department of Education. If successful, the student will be awarded a Master’s Degree from the Department of Education with a Specialist Concentration in Anatomical Education.

There is a compelling requirement in the medical and osteopathic schools for faculty trained to organize, design, teach, assess and manage modern clinical anatomy curricula supporting undergraduate medical student education. Clinical anatomy, as a subset of classical anatomy, used here, is defined in terms of its four long-standing sub-disciplines: gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology and embryology. Clinical anatomy extends the knowledge of classical human anatomy (or morphology) into cause-effect relationships observed in patients with abnormalities involving form and functional attributes that deviate from what is considered as normal.

The program of training described below is designed to provide students interested in the teaching of clinical anatomy at the professional school level as faculty with five basic advantages:

1) a solid didactic and practical foundation in the clinical anatomical sciences,

2) a rigorous foundation for the design and delivery of teaching,

3) a solid foundation for the recognition of and application of modern technologies amplifying the communication of clinical anatomical concepts

4) the ability to design anatomical curricula, courses and course components that are integrated knowledge-wise with other basic disciplines as taught during the first two years,

5) the design of teaching sequences that provide a solid foundation for the required board licensing examinations.