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A100 Human Gross Anatomy  
The Human Gross Anatomy elective provides an advanced level, anatomical review of selected regions of the human body in preparation for residencies in surgically-oriented specialties, diagnostic imaging and radiology. Elective students are required to participate in cadaveric dissection and to demonstrate their work to first-year medical students during daily morning dissection laboratory sessions. The goals of dissecting and demonstrating are to enhance the experience and the knowledge base of the elective student and to provide an exemplar for the first-year students as they undertake their dissections. Elective students are required to attend morning lectures. The elective is held in the Dissection Laboratories on the 6th floor of the Forchheimer building. 

Regions of the body covered in different modules are:  
A100A Human Gross Anatomy - Back & Thorax, Module 3B only  
A100B Human Gross Anatomy - Thorax and Abdomen, Module 4A only   
A100C Human Gross Anatomy - Pelvis & Perineum, Module 4AZ only    
A100D Human Gross Anatomy - Head & Neck, Module 4B only    
A100E Human Gross Anatomy - Upper & Lower Limb, Module 5A only    

At the end of the module students will be able to:  
- Discuss and demonstrate the organizational principles of the specific region of the body.  
- Describe how the anatomy relates to the function of the specific region of the body.
- Demonstrate the key anatomical structures and relations of the specific region of the body.
- Explain to first-year students the role of anatomy in the clinical encounter and in clinical decision making. 

There is NO maximum limit on number of students who can sign up for any one module. Students do NOT need approval of the Course Director to register for the elective AND the Course Director appreciates that many students who sign up for these modules will be doing interviews that will take them away from the College. Every effort will be made to accommodate interviews during each module. 

Sherry Downie, PhD 
(718) 430-2895 
Administrative Support: Iris Villatoro, Iris.villatoro@einstein.yu.edu718-430-2973 
On the first day of the module students should report to Dr. Downie’s office, 620S Forchheimer. 


A400 Student as Teacher (Einstein and MMC)
**Einstein students must receive approval from Dr. Risley prior to registration** 
The word doctor is derived from the Latin verb docere, meaning to teach. At many points during a physician's career, from medical school through residency and into practice, he or she will be expected to educate peers, students and faculty. This elective seeks to provide fourth year medical student-teachers (STs) the opportunity to gain and develop pedagogical knowledge, skills and attitudes. We will accomplish this through three approaches: a standard didactic curriculum, opportunities for practical application of theoretical learning and, finally, the expectation to work with a faculty member of their choice on a curricular enhancement project (discussed below). 

Currently, many opportunities exist for fourth year students to teach at Einstein.  Between electives assisting in the anatomy labs to leading small group case conferences as part of the MCFM course, students who are interested in education can find opportunities to teach.  This elective seeks to consolidate these opportunities.  Additionally, this elective will create a didactic curriculum for interested students to learn about educational principles in adult education as well as learning environments specific to clinical medicine (i.e. precepting).  The didactic curriculum also utilizes currently-existing opportunities such as lessons from the ongoing Resident-as-Teacher program in the Montefiore department of Internal Medicine, and the  graduate course “Fundamentals of Course Design and Teaching”. 

The product is an elective that continues an Einstein tradition (initiated by Dr. Richard Hayes prior to his death), materializes learning objectives that are stated within the Physician as Educator curricular sub-competencies, and provides the framework for the growth of medical education innovation at Einstein.   

Michael Risley, PhD
Sheira Schlair, MD, MS
Modules: 5A and 5B only
On the first day, students report to Forchheimer Building Room 620S. Please contact Dr. Risley for time. 



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