Advanced Clinical Application of Anatomy

Sites: HMS
Director(s): Craig Lillehei, Robert Shamberger, Dana Stearns, Trudy Van Houten
Prerequisites: Gross Anatomy; Completion of PCE preferred, but not required.
Offered: Full time for one month in January
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The Advanced Clinical Applications of Anatomy elective offers an in-depth study and review of human anatomy and its applications to clinical practice in all disciplines. Clearly, all physicians regardless of specialty access their anatomical knowledge daily when caring for patients at the bedside. The advanced course is an opportunity for students to review this material through the eyes of a clinician such as a surgeon, obstetrician/gynecologist, interventional radiologist and primary care provider when presented with a patient. Students will work alongside the anatomists and clinicians to review anatomy by region, followed by a case presentations where they will be asked to apply anatomical concepts to diagnostic and surgical management strategies. This will be followed by actual operative procedures under the supervision of practicing surgeons across the Harvard system. You will learn valuable techniques and management strategies while accessing the affected anatomy and preserving adjacent healthy tissues. Examples will include the following: Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic cancer), Hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy (for endometrial carcinoma), Inguinal, femoral hernia repairs Intestinal fixation for congenital malrotation Cystectomy for diffuse transitional cell carcinoma Cardiac surgical approaches Tracheostomy Carotid endarterectomy Anterior and posterior exposure for hip replacement Knee exploration for torn cruciate ligament Rotator cuff surgical correction Examination of the hand and correlative anatomy Intraspinal cord tumor Scoliosis CNS Vascular lesions Hydrocephalus Laboratory teaching will be performed by the anatomy staff alongside specialist surgeons who perform these procedures regularly in their practice, thereby helping students develop clinical skills in a safe and structured setting while preparing them for clinical performance in their future clinical electives. The elective is a terrific opportunity for students to add anatomical knowledge and application in preparation for performance on their audition rotations and sub-internships.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students complete over 80 hours of laboratory anatomical dissection, case presentations (including an extensive review of diagnostic data) , surgical strategic planning and invasive procedures on cadaveric Donors.