Year Four Courses

Four Week Electives

PED 739 - Pediatric Cardiology Elective with global health experience (4th year) - 5

Instructor: Linda Pauliks, MD


ANAT 743 - Musculoskeletal Advanced Anatomy


Credits: 3.0


Program Directors:

  • Michelle D. Lazarus, Ph.D.
  • Gordon L. Kauffman, Jr. M.D.



Successful completion of the 3rd year of medical school.


Maximum Number of Students:

A minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 10


Length Of Course:

4 weeks






The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Advanced Anatomy Course is a four-week elective focused on providing exposure to clinically relevant anatomy. This course is designed around weekly anatomical regions associated with a high frequency of patient visits (shoulder/neck, hip/lumbar spine, knee and ankle) and cases often requiring a multi-disciplinary clinical care approach. Each week will consist of a 3-day sequence: Day 1 will focus on the relationship of anatomy with patient history and physical exam with the cadaver lab being utilized to explore and highlight pertinent surface anatomy. Day 2 will focus on anatomical landmarks needed for using and understanding diagnostic tools; including MSK radiology and appropriate neurological exams. In the cadaver lab, we will begin exploratory surgical approaches. Day 3 will be focused on anatomy relevant to patient treatment including review of important rehabilitation techniques and anatomical application of appropriate injections. The overall objectives of this course is to aid in vertical integration of basic science anatomy and its application in clinical care, to enhance understanding of the interplay of clinical specialties in patient treatment, and to facilitate the transition of anatomical application in the clinic.


Course Objectives:

  • Recognize essential anatomical components of frequently used physical exam techniques
  • Demonstrate ability to perform physical and neurological exam skills
  • Discriminate between MSK derived symptoms and those derived from “referred pain”
  • Predict “patient” pathologies based on radiological images and confirm these findings through cadaveric dissection
  • Develop critical thinking skills applicable to MSK cases and extrapolate learned concepts to cases in the clinical wards
  • Translate knowledge learned in lecture to a clinical presentation in journal entries