Role of Anatomists in Building an Integrated Medical Curriculum

  • Douglas F. PaulsenEmail author
  • Brenda J. Klement
  • Lawrence E. Wineski


The anatomical sciences have traditionally included a range of related disciplines and variety of approaches to instruction. Together, they provide a unique opportunity for laying the groundwork for medical curricular integration. Finding a place for regional dissection in a systems-based curriculum-integration scheme has been challenging. However, incorporating regional human dissection into systems-based approaches to histology and embryology can provide a foundation for an integrated basic-science curriculum that preserves medical student exposure to the team-based learning and discovery, and the lessons in professionalism, that traditionally accompany human dissection. This chapter describes steps in curricular development and integration that have led to a unique blend of regional anatomy and organ system structure and function that provides a foundation for the effective practice of medicine from physical examination through diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment. The approach described was initiated by anatomy faculty and involved extensive contributions of the teaching faculty from other basic science disciplines throughout the process. It valued faculty contributions to the pre-existing curriculum and provided a framework for ongoing integration and improvement of student performance.


United States Medical Licensure Examination Human Morphology United States Medical Licensure Examination Step Subject Exam Anatomy Faculty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas F. Paulsen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brenda J. Klement
    • 2
  • Lawrence E. Wineski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and AnatomyMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medical EducationMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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