Departments: Anatomy

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Chair: George Niiro, Ph.D.

Throughlkpourse of study in Gross Anatomy, Histology, Neuroscience, and Embryology, 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.

1501 Gross Anatomy I
In Gross Anatomy, students approach the study of the human body in a regional fashion. In this portion of the course, students study and dissect the shoulder, back, body wall, thoracic and abdominal interior, pelvis and perineum, gluteal region, and thigh.

1502 Gross Anatomy II
In this portion of the Gross Anatomy course, students continue their regional study of the body by examining the anatomy of the upper and lower extremities, neck, and head.

1511 Histology
In Histology, students study the structure of the cell. They learn the distinguishing morphologic characteristics of the four types of tissue: epithelium, connective tissue, muscular tissue, and nervous tissue. After acquiring this basic knowledge, students then learn the ways in which the four tissues combine to form organs. At the conclusion of the course, students are able to identify any organ based solely on its microscopic morphology.

1521 Neuroscience
This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide students with the fundamentals of the nervous system. Integrated lectures are given by the departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Neurology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

1531 Embryology
In Embryology, students trace the normal development of a fetus from conception to birth. The course uses a systems approach and explores the development of common congenital abnormalities within each system.