Welcome to the Penn State Anatomy Graduate Program

The Program on Education in Human Structure at Penn State's College of Medicine offers training programs leading to Masters (M.S.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Anatomy for individuals interested in acquiring advanced training in the anatomical sciences. The Anatomy Masters Program is a two-year course of study, with an emphasis in preparing students for further professional education (e.g., medicine, dentistry and osteopathy). The Doctoral Degree provides an opportunity for students who want to pursue an academic career in the biological sciences to acquire specialty training and teaching experience.

In addition to the  traditional areas of study including gross anatomy, histology, human embryology and neuroanatomy, the curriculum will include core courses in cell biology, systems biology, biochemistry and physiology. Both MS and Ph.D. tracks require that each student will conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis. Ph.D. students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in the medical gross anatomy course and/or neuroanatomy course.

Graduation- May 19, 2013

Congratulations to the following students:

Master of Science

Zachary Reagan- Susquehanna University

Jaron Schaumberg- The University of Vermont

Shane R. Specht- Lebanon Valley College

Tiaosi Xing- Guangdong Medical College

Chen Yang- Shanghai University of Sport

Doctor of Philosophy

Anna M. Campbell- University of Alaska


Penn State College of Medicine welcomed the graduate students pursuing degrees on Friday, August 23, 2013 with the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony. The Graduate Student Oath was formally adopted by GSA in Spring 2009.

Welcome Anatomy Students -Entering Fall 2013

Daniel Cawley- Georgia State University

Lina Jamis-Georgetown University

Michael Ludwig-Lycoming College

Caitlin McMenamin-James Madison University

Beth Worley-Millersville University


Amanda was selected to receive the College of Medicine Class of 1971 Endowed Scholarship. The accomplishments of these students consist of scholarly excellence, research achievements and participation in humanistic and community activities.

Ms. Troy was recognized at the Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony, on September 20, 2013 in the Junker Auditorium.


Emily M. Swartz won the 2013 Michael Goldberger Research Excellence Award, presented by the National Neurotrauma Society. She is a student of Dr. Gregory M. Holmes, Associate Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences. Swartz's research is on gastrointestinal function following spinal cord injury. Her research suggests that the loss of normal function in the blood vessels after a spinal cord injury leads to a loss of adequate blood flow to the digestive tract. An inflammatory response develops from this lack of blood flow, which triggers a cascade of problems that reduce digestive function. Swartz's abstract was one of twenty selected nationally. She was then judged on an oral presentation of her work at the Annual National Neurotrauma Society Meeting that was held in August in Nashville, Tennessee. The top four students receive awards named after neuroscientists who have made significant contributions to the field of neurotrauma. It is fitting that Swartz won the Michael Goldberger award. This award is awarded on score, not by field of investigation. The late Goldberger was himself a scientist with an interest in spinal cord injury. The other three awards presented honor traumatic brain injury specialists. Swartz said the award was a moment of reflection. "Research can be both frustrating and rewarding at the same time: negative data is still data, hard work is never enough work, collaboration is essential to succeeding," Swartz said. "This award taught me all of those things in one brief moment. The National Institutes of Health and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense fund Dr. Holmes' research.

Graduate Research Forum

March 6 & 7, 2014


Thursday, April 24, 2014


Sunday, May 18, 2014

MS Graduate sites of continuing professional education:

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), Scranton, PA

University of Central Florida, College of Medicine (UCF), Orlando, FL

Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence, OH

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia, PA

LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN


Selected alumni of the Anatomy graduate program

Post-graduate Positions in Academia


William Robinson, DPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy

             A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ


Melissa A. Carroll, MS, Ph.D., College of Health Sciences- Physical Therapy- Rehabilitation Sciences

            UTEP (University of Texas, @ El Paso)


Anna Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

             A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ

Brittany Luckett, MS

            Visiting Instructor, Integrative Physiology & Health Science, Alma College, MI

Sarah McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Anatomy

            LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) Erie, PA