Gross Anatomy Information

Gross Anatomy

Gross Anatomy Course Description

Gross Anatomy is taught at UAMS using a combination of traditional and modern methods. Cadaver dissection is the primary teaching method and is the focal point of all teaching activities. On a typical class day, students sit for a 50 minute lecture which is followed by a 2-1/2 hour lab. The class meets three or four days per week over 25 weeks of the fall and spring terms. Radiographic Anatomy is a series of seven lectures that are strategically placed within the Gross Anatomy schedule. Two case based clinical lectures are presented by a member of the Neurology Department. The intent of the clinical correlation lectures is to demonstrate the importance of anatomical knowledge to the practice of medicine. Additional course details are presented below.

Course Contact Hour Breakdown

Educational Methods contact hours (Total = 189.5)

Assessment Methods contact hours (Total = 17.5)
Total course contact hours = 206.5

Grading for the Gross Anatomy course

The following scale is used at UAMS to assign letter grades at the end of the course:
A: 90 - 100%
B: 82 - 89.99%
C: 74 - 81.99%
D: 70 - 73.99%
F: any score below 70%

Gross Anatomy book and equipment list

  1. Required text: Moore, K.L. and A.F. Dalley, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 5th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005. A text at each dissection table is very helpful - share the cost with your table partners after you meet them.

  2. Required dissector: Tank, P.W., Grant's Dissector, 14th edition, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

  3. One atlas is required. There are many good ones to choose from. Buy one of the following:

    In addition to the atlas that you will use at home, each lab table will need 2 atlases. Everyone at the table should contribute to the purchase of these lab copies.

  4. Required: A medical dictionary. Either Dorland's or Stedman's would be a good choice.


The Division of Anatomical Education will supply the big equipment items for the course but you must provide your personal equipment. The items listed below are available at the campus bookstore in JBSU:

  1. Lab coat - brown. All students must wear a brown lab coat in the dissecting lab. Either buy two so you can alternate them or develop the habit of frequently laundering the one you have.

  2. Dissecting kit - it must contain the following:

  3. Spare blades - You will need about 40 blades during the course. The Division of Anatomical Education sells blades as a convenience to students. You can buy these in the Anatomical Education Office (COPH G201) which is just down the hall from the lecture hall.

  4. Hemostat - optional. Some students prefer these for skinning. If you decide to buy one, strong jaws are recommended.

  5. Gloves - You should wear gloves during dissection to protect yourself from skin irritation and absorption of formaldehyde through your skin. Many students have used dish washing gloves with good results.

  6. Safety glasses - You must wear eye protection for all procedures that require you to cut bone.


College of Public Health Building

COPH Building The College of Public Health Building (COPH) was completed in 2003. The basement level of the College of Public Health Building is devoted to anatomical education, and this part of the building was completed in 1995. It contains a large dissection laboratory, student and faculty locker rooms, embalming and morgue storage facilities, a cross sectional anatomy study area, a film viewing area, and the Horace N. Marvin Computer Laboratory (see floor plan details below).

Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Gross anatomy laboratory Computers play a central role in the dissection laboratory. They are used to assist students in dissection of the cadaver. The dissection lab contains computer monitors at table side. Students can access announcements, dissection instructions, images, didactic information and self assessment question packets.

Horace N. Marvin Computer Learning Laboratory

Marvin computer lab The Horace N. Marvin Computer Lab contains computer assisted instructional packages and plastic models that students can study outside of regular class hours.

Gross Anatomy Labs and Facilites

Floor plans - Education Building 3, Gross Anatomy Labs The entire basement floor of the COPH Building is dedicated to anatomical education. The floor plan consists of a large dissection lab (6850 sq ft) which can be divided into 3 smaller dissection labs (each ~ 1600 sq ft). This large lab contains 38 dissection tables and accomodates 150 medical students in comfort. In addition, 3 smaller dissection rooms (520 sq ft/4 dissection tables; 260 sq ft/2 dissection tables; 500 sq ft/2 dissection tables plus a standing amphitheater for demonstrations) complete the dissecting facilities. Embalming facilities (730 sq ft) and morgue storage facilities for up to 140 cadavers (940 sq ft) are located adjacent to the dissection laboratories. At the opposite end of the dissection lab, locker rooms for students are conveniently located. The men's locker room contains 84 lockers and the women's locker room contains 63 lockers. In between the two is located a long, narrow locker room containing 24 additional lockers. This room may be divided by use of pocket doors into three smaller rooms which can be dedicated to either the men's or women's locker room as class demographics dictate. More details can be seen in an enlarged view.

Cross-Sectional Anatomy Study Room

Cross-Sectional Anatomy Study Area Within the gross anatomy teaching facilities we have a cross-sectional anatomy room (220 sq ft). Within this room are housed two complete cross sectional anatomy specimens and all of the text and atlas materials necessary to conduct a study of cross sectional anatomy.

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Gross Anatomy Faculty

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Dr. Tank Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D., Course Director
Research Interest: Pattern formation during limb development and regeneration.

Dr. Akhter Noor Akhter, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Steroid regulation of somatotropes in the male.

Dr. Benes Helen Benes, Ph.D.
Research interest: Insect models for studies of development and aging; sex-specific gene activity in larval mosquitoes; role of glutathione S-transferases in preventing oxidative damage.

Dr. Davies David L. Davies, Ph.D.
Research Interest: The pathogenesis of brain damage following exposure to ethanol.

Dr. Newton Bruce W. Newton, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Hormone and target regulation of sexually dimorphic spinal nuclei, development of spinal autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Phelan Kevin Phelan, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Regulation of Synaptic Transmission and Neuronal-Glial Interactions

Anatomical Gift Program Support Staff

Felicia BrownFelicia Brown
Anatomical Gifts Coordinator

Bryan RouseyBryan Rousey
Anatomical Curator

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