Graduation Date

Spring 5-6-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

First Advisor

Keely Cassidy

Second Advisor

Karen Gould

Third Advisor

Samantha Simet


Teaching and assessment modalities for human anatomy curriculums vary between schools. The University of Nebraska Medical Center utilizes an integrated gross anatomy lab curriculum including hands-on dissection, lecture, and 3-D models. The GCBA 909 course, Human Gross Anatomy Lab, just recently incorporated graded dissections and demonstrations into their master of medical anatomy (MMA) curriculum. Students were required to complete and demonstrate eight additional dissections compared to physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT) students. Upon completion of these dissections, students were assessed based on the quality of their dissections and were also required to demonstrate the cadaveric dissections to anatomy faculty members. This study compared the assessment and course grades of the 2016 MMA students to the PA and PT students enrolled in GCBA 909 Fall 2016 as well as the 2015 MMA class enrolled in the course Fall 2015. Students then participated in one of two focus groups and completed a survey. Qualitative results displayed that the majority of students had a positive opinion about the additional dissections and demonstrations; however, the quantitative results showed no statistically significant correlation between the additional dissection and demonstrations and the 2016 MMA students’ unit practical exams and overall course grade.