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Clinical Anatomy

Student examining a skull in a lab

The research undertaken in the Clinical Anatomy division is uniquely situated, adding wide research potential to the department. 

Our faculty, adjuncts, collaborators, and students make transdisciplinary links and answer questions that span across clinical practice, educational scholarship, and the emerging ideas between the two ends of this research spectrum.  For example, faculty cooperating with clinicians have made important and overlooked anatomical quantification and impacts. 

Recent investigations have advanced our knowledge regarding cartilage thickness at the elbow as it pertains to fracture, aortic arch mapping through computed tomography, comparisons of aortic root enlargement corrections through different surgical techniques, and helped delineate where nerves reside when a dental drill may come into play.

Clinical anatomists often explore interfaces between face to face and online education; exciting projects undertaken through online education at the undergraduate level as it pertains to knowledge translation and the professional levels in the form of skill translation

As students drill deeper into other areas of the clinical anatomy, the research spectrum widensfurther to incorporate digital modeling of anatomical structures like the head, brain structures, or reproductive system.  Incorporating digital learning objects into ever changing science curricula is a challenging and rich environment for inquiry. 

This line of research is also undertaken within our division, asking questions pertaining to how undergraduate students digital models in their labs, what happens if the models or even entire courses are online, and what are the models doing to their ability to learn from them.  These examples represent but a slice of the ever growing network of people and projects here in Clinical Anatomy.

Faculty: Brian Allman, Sandrine deRibaupierre, Khadry Galil, Marjorie Johnson, Kem Rogers, Peter Merrifield, Martin Sandig, Tim Wilson.