Summer Teaching Institute

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy offers complete courses of intensive study in the disciplines of Cell Biology/Histology, Human Gross Anatomy, Embryology, and Medical Neuroscience. These courses run for: five weeks for Cell Biology/Histology, six weeks for Human Gross Anatomy, three weeks for Embryology, and four weeks for Medical Neuroscience. Each course consists of lecture and laboratory instruction supplemented by an extensive audiovisual collection. All labs are completely computerized. These courses are equivalent to the courses taught to our medical students and the course credit is transferable to other institutions. Prospective students are asked to fill out an online form, print it and obtain signed consent from the administration of their schools to enroll in the course. The application deadline for all courses is the Friday prior to start date. Application forms, course descriptions and schedules, and general information about accommodations and transportation can be obtained online or by writing to:

Tami Houdesheldt
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986395 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6395
E-mail: thoudesheldt@unmc.edu
Phone: 402-559-4030
Fax: 402-559-3400

Forms and additional information

Medical Histology
June 16, 2014 – July 18, 2014
Contact: Dr. Shantaram S. Joshi
Phone: 402-559-4165
E-mail: ssjoshi@unmc.edu

This course is equivalent to freshmen medical or graduate student histology courses at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The modern concepts of molecular, cell and tissue biology are incorporated into a framework of a more traditional microscopic anatomy course. It is expected that the student will achieve an understanding of the histological and ultra-structural features upon which much of the current knowledge of normal and pathological function is based. This is a 5 credit hour course which consists of daily lectures and laboratory periods under the supervision of the faculty. The labs will exclusively utilize virtual microscope images. Weekly quizzes will be given, but the major part of the course grade will be based on the student's performance on the Midterm and Final Examinations. These examinations will include multiple choice questions in the format of the USMLE and practical examination questions on digital images captured from the virtual images or microscope slides. Final course scores will be derived from compilation of the individual examination scores.

Human Gross Anatomy
June 9, 2014 – July 18, 2014
Contact: Dr. Robert Binhammer
Phone: 402-559-6238
E-mail:  rtbinham@unmc.edu

The organization of the human body and the way in which anatomical relationships serve as a basis for function are studied in this course.  The medical aspects of the structural and functional organization of the human body are also a focus of attention.  The course will consist of daily team based learning exercises and supervised laboratory dissection from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The major learning experience occurs in the laboratory where teaching consists of small group discussions.

Examinations over the didactic components of this course will be given as multiple choice questions in the format of the USMLE.  The examinations over the practical components of the course consist of identification of structure, radiographic anatomy, osteology, and functional implications of material covered in the gross anatomy laboratories, and will be held following each didactic examination.

Medical Embryology
June 9, 2014 – June 25, 2014
Contact: Dr. Sarah Keim Janssen
Phone: 402-559-7833
E-mail: skeim@unmc.edu

This course is equivalent to the first year medical embryology course at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This course studies human development from fertilization through birth and serves as a basis to explain the organization and relationships of anatomy along with providing a basis for the formation of congenital birth defects. This is a three week course which consists of daily lectures. Examinations will consist of multiple-choice questions in the format of the USMLE. . There will be two exams, a midterm and a final. Final course scores will be derived from compilation of the individual examination scores. The course is structured so students can elect to take Human Gross Anatomy at the same time without conflict.

Medical Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
June 16, 2014 – July 11, 2014
Contact: Dr. Robert Binhammer
Phone: 402-559-6238
E-mail: rtbinham@unmc.edu

This course studies the organization of the central nervous system and the way in which the interneuronal relationships serve as a basis to explain the function of sensory, motor, and other systems. The medical aspects of the structural and functional organization of the brain and spinal cord are demonstrated from clinical case material. This is a 4 credit hour course which consists of daily lectures and three afternoon laboratory sessions every week.

Labs are equipped with computers at each table and an interactive lab manual and links to atlas pictures on each computer. Examinations over the didactic component of this course will be given in the format of the USMLE. Examinations over the practical components of the course will consist of identification of structures and functional implications of the material covered in the neuroanatomy laboratories. The final course scores will be derived from compilation of the individual examinations scores of a Midterm and Final Examination. The morning lectures are designed to provide guidance or explain difficult or conceptual material. The major learning experience occurs in the laboratory where teaching consists of small group discussions. Labs are equipped with computers at every table connected to ceiling-mounted video projectors displayed on 50" screens. Examinations over the didactic component of this course will consist of multiple-choice questions in the format of the USMLE. There will be five exams on Mondays following each weeks work. There will also be five practical examinations over the practical components of the course consisting of identification of structures on the cadavers, radiographic anatomy, osteology and functional implications of material covered in the lecture and laboratory demonstrations. Final course scores will be derived from compilation of the individual examination scores. The course is structured so students can elect to take any number or sequence of the weekly blocks of the six week course.

Syd Clausen-Laboratory Director
Syd Clausen - Laboratory Director

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