Course Catalog

Course Type(s) Teaching Associate Facility
Course Director WILLIAM S BROOKS, PhD Enrollment Limit 24
Contact JONATHAN R. FRIEND, M.S. Enrollment Minimum 12
Email Address VH G070
Phone (205) 934-4372 Fax (205) 975-1970
Normally Offered

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Prerequisites Open to students who have completed MS3 year. 
Visiting Students
No LCME students accepted.
No osteopathic students accepted.
Course Description From approximately 30 dissections between the UABSOM MS1 and MS2 years, students choose any 6 dissections to teach depending on their availability. Course receives 2 weeks of elective credit. Overview: MS4 students will serve as Anatomy Teaching Associates for MS1 and MS2 students during scheduled lab times to make preclinical training more robust and clinically relevant. Course benefits for MS4 students: - Small-group anatomy training aimed to improve knowledge of anatomy & dissection skills. - Teaching & mentoring experience of students with less clinical experience. - Flexible schedule: Preferred dissections may be changed up to 1 week before the preclinical scheduled lab time. Format: - Students will review a short online orientation video prior to the formal beginning of the course. Several days prior to their chosen dissections, students will receive 2 hours of small group training in SOM lab under the directions of Jonathan Freind. During this training, students will perform the relevant cadaveric dissection which will be saved for demonstration during the preclinical lab. - Tasks will be assigned to a group of preclinical students during their scheduled lab time to help answer questions. Particular emphasis will be placed on providing preclinical students with clinical correlates. Learning Objectives: - Dissect and identify all associated structures of their chosen dissections emphasizing the relation of structures to each other and common pathologies. - Understand common anatomical variations (if applicable). - Understand anatomically relevant information pertaining to clinical procedures. - Understand geriatric changes. - Mentor and teach students with less experience. The student will write a reflection paper on the teaching experience in the performed labs. This will be due at the end of the course (short essay). All labs are posted and sign-up is online via Google Docs - link will be provided.
Where To Report Orientation will be online and announced via email after enrollment is complete.
Requirements - Watch dissection videos (when applicable) provided by the Course Director.
- Read assigned sections of Grant's Dissector 16th ed. and ITO’s.
- During small group training: Autonomously dissect under the instruction of Jonathan Friend and demonstrate the prosection to faculty and peers.

Completion of final course evaluation participation:
-MS4 students are responsible for ensuring their participation in 6 total dissections (training + teaching) to receive credit.
-Orientation session (or ppt) prior to the formal beginning of the course. (Accommodation for absence can be made on a case-by-case basis).
Evaluation Pass/Fail. Attendance and completion of scheduled activities; evaluation of teaching by preclinical anatomy students. Students must meet ALL expectations provided during the elective orientation. Assessment of satisfactory completion will be by the course director or delegate.
Notes To ensure that all modules are covered, it is required for all TA’s to sign up and complete at least one lab during the Fundamentals module. It is recommended to sign up for sessions early; fewer sessions are available later in the semester making it difficult to complete the required labs. STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE ENROLLED IN ONLY ONE TEACHING ASSOCIATE COURSE AT A TIME.