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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Department of Anatomy

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Through a comprehensive course of study in gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroscience, the anatomy section of the basic sciences provides thorough instruction in the morphology of the human body. The study of anatomy is particularly germane to osteopathic medicine because the relationship between structure and function is a fundamental tenet of osteopathic philosophy. Direct observation of human structure is the essence of the anatomy courses. In Gross Anatomy, all students participate in the dissection of the cadaver under the guidance of the Anatomy faculty. Dissection is supplemented by the study of surface projections, models, osteologic specimens, radiographs and transverse sections. The microscopic structure of cells and their organization into tissues and organs are presented in the Histology course. In Embryology, students study the normal pattern of human development with an emphasis on the development of specific organ systems. The Neuroscience course focuses on the sensory and motor systems and uses case studies to apply and reinforce new trends in the field of neuroscience.