Anatomy Training Program

Deadline - March 1

Learn to teach anatomy alongside your research career

The Anatomy Training Program (co-sponsored by AAA & The Anatomical Society) is intended to provide vocational training to those involved in teaching anatomy but who have not had much exposure to either human anatomy or clinical experience.  

The program is designed to help you in all aspects of your professional development, by integrating anatomy training and pedagogical skills with your biomedical research program. (Alternatively, a faculty candidate who served his/her institution in other ways acceptable to that institution would not need a biomedical research program.)

By individualizing your anatomy training, you’ll be able to fit it in to the ebb and flow of your biomedical research. You may train in each of four modules or choose only the ones that fit your career plans. The centralized online resource and course syllabus allow you to work with a mentor at your home institution at your own pace. Mentors and trainees then gather for a one-week intensive summer course in England to solidify the concepts developed at home and qualify for a certificate of training.

To apply, please email Liz Phares.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials as part of their application:

  • Applicant CV (using 4 page NIH format)
  • Mentor CV (using 4 page NIH format)
  • 1 page summary of dissection facilities specifically available to the applicant
  • 1 page summary of specific teaching opportunities the applicant will be engaged in
  • Letter of approval signed by Department Head and Biomedical Research Advisor

Please review the following overviews prior to applying for the program:
Head and Neck Module | Limbs Module | Neuroanatomy Module | Trunk Module

How does the program work?

The program is divided into four modules; two modules are offered each year allowing for the full program to be completed in two years. The modules for Limbs and Head & Neck alternate years with the modules for Trunk and Neuroanatomy. Participants may elect to complete all four modules, a single module or any combination of modules.

There are two components to the program:

Training at home

  • Self-directed learning under the guidance of a mentor who teaches anatomy at your institution.
  • The program provides a syllabus, online electronic learning aids and tutorials.
  • You will have the opportunity to practice your skills in the classes that your mentor teaches.
  • As your research heats up, you set anatomy aside; in slower periods you spend time on anatomy.

A one week intensive Residential School

  • Takes place in England over the summer (typically in mid-July).
  • Run by a team of anatomists with support from clinicians.
  • Your admission to the Residential School will depend upon your satisfactory completion of the yearly program, as determined by the Steering Committee in light of your mentor’s assessment of your progress.

AAA will cover the tuition fee for each participant, plus travel/room/board expenses for the one-week Residential School in England. AAA will select one mentor to sponsor for the Residential School.  Additional participants may be selected to attend if they can provide funding to cover their expenses. Estimated tuition for each module is approximately $385 (may vary due to conversion rates) and the cost of the 2011 Residential School was approximately $1500. Mentors of participants paying their own way may also be required to attend the Residential School. 


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