The mission of the anatomy department is to engage future health care providers, educators, scientists and community members in a dynamic evidence-based discipline that fosters a professional environment of scholarly activity and service.
The anatomy department’s faculty offers instruction in courses and systems in the major areas of the discipline: gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroanatomy. Anatomical knowledge provides the foundation for other basic medical sciences and is the keystone of physical diagnosis.
The very essence of anatomical learning is the dissection of the cadaver, an experience once limited to only medical students, and still a privilege reserved for a select group of health practitioner students. The ultimate gift of body donation remains essential to this unique instruction.
“Mucus, phlegm” in Latin. Ancient anatomists thought the pituitary produced the mucous secretions of the nose. The pituitary is a pea-sized gland hanging from a stalk on the undersurface of the brain. It is well protected in a bony depression, the sella turcica, in the floor of the cranial cavity. The gland is located near […]