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Departments: Anatomy

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove


Chair: Sandra Inovye, Ph.D.

The Department of Anatomy 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 the 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 body under the guidance of the anatomy faculty. Dissection is supplemented by the study of models, osteologic specimens, radiographs, and transverse sections. In Histology laboratory, students apply the principles presented in lecture to the microscopic identification of normal human materials, while the Neuroscience courses use case studies to apply and reinforce basic concepts.

The Department offers several elective courses, including Advanced Gross Dissection and Research. The Research elective gives students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects with the Anatomy faculty. Members of the Anatomy Department are actively engaged in the study of human and lower vertebrate morphology. Areas of research interest include the evolution of the mammalian middle ear and mandible, cortical control of autonomic functions, and use of computer instruction in the teaching of anatomy.

1511 Histology

1521 Neuroscience

1550 Gross Anatomy/Embryology