Translational Anatomy

The Division of Translational Anatomy consist of Anatomy faculty and staff responsible for the instruction of Clinical Anatomy for first year medical students and Neuroanatomy for second year medical students. The Division also teaches advanced Anatomy electives for third and fourth year students as well as Residents in a variety of disciplines. Anatomy and Radiology are closely aligned subject matters, so the collaboration is a natural one that just makes sense” says Anne Gilroy, Director of Anatomy and Imaging Resources for the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCels).

This new collaboration has some old roots. For over 20 years, radiology has been a significant adjunct to the first-year Anatomy course. In 2010, under the new integrated curriculum, radiology was formally combined with anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology disciplines of the course, now known as the Development, Structure and Function course. Two of the four Co-directors of the course, Christopher Cerniglia, D.O., and Anne Gilroy are working together to integrate simulation into the course and develop innovative programs that will integrate anatomy and radiology.

Beyond the first year anatomy course, the anatomy division offers summer enrichment programs for 1st year students, electives for 4th year students and specialty-focused anatomy programs for residents. They also host a variety of surgical skills labs for internal and external continuing education programs. In addition, they are closely aligned with iCels - the UMass simulation center, which recently acquired a virtual anatomy simulator, the Anatomage Table that promises unique learning opportunities to anatomy students at all levels through 3D imaging. Recent additions are 3D printers.

The Division also contains the Anatomical Gift Program.