Graduate Course 9563L

Current Topics in Clinical Anatomy

Course Director:

Dr. M Johnson , MSB 487, ext 86756,
Most presentations will take place in MSB 447, please check the Webct course site for updates.

Course Description:

An assignment and discussion-based course designed to introduce the student to specific areas of clinically related anatomy. (small group work ~2 hrs/wk.)  Students will be given an assignment to be completed and presented in May/June.  The assignment may require students to work in groups or independently.  This course will run in Term 3.

Course Weight:


Proposed Schedule

April-May   Surgery observations

  • You will have the opportunity to observe a surgery of one of the following areas:
    • head/neck
    • abdomen
    • selected joint surgery
  • contact information for the surgeons will be provided, observation forms are required to be completed and the hospitals to be kept on file
  • since we rely on the surgery schedules this segment may take a few months to complete; most surgeries will take place between March - April
  • after viewing the surgery create a demonstration designed to explain the anatomical knowledge required for the procedure(s) and how the anatomy was used by the surgeon
  • consider what aspects of the anatomy were emphasized/considered significant by the surgeons vs what we as anatomist deem important
  • the demo may be done on a cadaveric specimen, projected to the viewing audience or another form of demonstration of your choice.  Note: a PPT presentation is not a demonstration.
  • The demonstrations will be performed toward the end of May or early in June.

May   Debate

  • you will be assigned a topic for debate and divided into teams
  • you will debate your issues in front of the MSc Clinical Anat. group
  • more info from Dr. Merrifield to follow

Evaluation of Student Performance: 

Assignments or presentations to faculty and peers will be based on specific criteria given by each instructor.  An overall average of 80% in the course is required for progression in the program.

Attendance is not taken but students must maintain an overall 80% in the course (see student handbook and all components of the course must be completed to pass.

Policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness
Students are expected to attend all classes and presentation sessions.  If a student must be absent from regularly scheduled presentations he/she is expected to contact the course instructor or coordinator and excuse himself/herself.  A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness, should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to Student Health Services.
The form can be found at:

  • Documentation for medical or non-medical reasons, according to the Policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness is required for absences from tests.  Documentation is not required for work worth less than 10% of the total course grade. When documentation is required for missing a presentation evaluation, such documentation must be submitted by the student directly to the instructor.
  • The date and nature of a make-up presentation will be determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student

Statement of Academic Offences:

Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site: .

Senate regulations require ALL instructors to include the following statements on plagiarism, cheating and proficiency in English in the course outline:

“Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words.  Whenever students take an idea or passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations.  Plagiarism is a major academic offence (see Scholastic Offence Policy in the Western Academic Calendar).”