Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

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Anatomy & Embryology

Our anatomy, embryology and imaging curriculum is unique in its approach and innovative in its design, providing students with a solid foundation on which to build their medical knowledge.

Our approach (case-directed anatomy), uses clinical cases to introduce anatomical concepts and facts, which are reinforced using prosected fresh cadavers (not preserved, so that texture and color remain accurate) and relevant imaging modalities.


Coursework includes:
Sessions are held each week in year 1 and less frequently in year 2. Students preview a clinical case with specific clinical questions and anatomical objectives to learn the relevant anatomy. Cases are then discussed in class with a clinical faculty member, followed by time in the cadaver lab focused on the anatomical topics of the week.

In the cadaver lab, students rotate through four prosected

cadaver stations and review relevant radiographic imaging. Led by a radiologist, the imaging component in year and 1 and 2 is extensive.

Students review anatomy again in each of the basic science courses in year 2. Students can gain dissection experience by helping residents prepare the prosections for the year 1 and year 2 students. Anatomy is further reinforced during third-year clinical rotations, and surgical anatomy electives are available in years 3 through 5.
CCLCM students can serve as teaching assistants in an anatomy course for Physician Assistants (PA). In this role, the medical students prepare the cadaver dissections and instruct the PA students as they rotate around the laboratory.