The Division of Clinical Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology first introduced a Master's in Clinical Anatomy in September 2005. This plan of study is designed to meet the ever increasing need in North America for instructors who can teach cadaveric gross anatomy. A Master's in Clinical Anatomy will provide students with the necessary skills to teach clinically-oriented cadaveric anatomy in medical, dental and professional health science programs. This 20 month plan of study will include courses in human gross anatomy, embryology, histology, human neuroanatomy and pathology/physiology. Students will also have opportunities to attend surgeries. Experience in teaching will be gained by demonstrating and giving lectures in clinical anatomy to students of medicine, dentistry and the allied health professions. The students will be expected to complete a thesis project which may be in the areas of clinical anatomy, instructional technology or basic science research.
The goal of this unique non-thesis program is to prepare the next generation of medical educators, scholars, and interdisciplinarians focused on the anatomical sciences or anatomically-intensive disciplines (i.e. radiology, surgery, medical imaging) as well as collaborative research with cell biologists and neurobiologists within the department.
The MSc Clinical Anatomy stream has a number of important learning outcomes. By the end of their program, successful MSc Clinical Anatomy students will be able to:
MSc Clinical Anatomy students enroll in series of graduate courses, as listed below. The majority of the courses are taken in the first 2 terms of the program. The project course (9580) and the Teaching Certificate Course (9562) span the full 5 terms of the MSc Clinical Anatomy program.
9560 Human Anatomy & Embryology
9561 Clinical Mammalian Histology
9562 Teaching Certificate: Educational Techniques
9565B Introduction to Teaching & Learning in Anatomy
9566 Clinical Anatomy Seminar – Professionalism and Journal Club
9567L Medical Imaging for Clinical Anatomy
9569B Clinical Neuroanatomy
9580 Clinical Anatomy Project – Research or Teaching
The courses in the MSc Clinical Anatomy stream have continued to evolve over the past five years, with an enhanced focus on development of outstanding educator/scholars in the anatomical sciences. In addition, the revised 9580 Project course was launched in order to provide students with an opportunity to either undertake a novel research project in anatomical sciences, education scholarship, or cell biology/neurobiology; or to develop and deliver an innovative teaching program. This new course format provides a more structured and rigorous evaluation process for students as well as providing the option of focusing on anatomy teaching versus traditional bench-top research.