Stimulating Saturday in neuroanatomy

May 7, 2013 —

Dr. Matz, left, has more than one awesome brain.

Dr. Matz, left, has more than one awesome brain.

While interactive learning is happening pretty much all the time at DMU, a particularly engaged group of clinicians came to campus last Saturday for a neuroanatomy review course. Designed for participants to review, dissect and discuss gross anatomical structures of the brain related to rehabilitation of cerebral and cerebellar pathologies, the course was a collective effort by the University’s anatomy and physical therapy departments under the auspices of the continuing medical education office.

Participants included DMU’s clinical faculty and a variety of UnityPoint-Des Moines clinicians. These physical therapists, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants and speech language pathologists represented several disciplines, including acute rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient services. Their diverse areas of expertise and experiences made it a lively group of learners. So did the enthusiasm for anatomy knowledge and dissection displayed by Donald Matz, Ph.D., anatomy department chair, and Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, during the two-hour session.

DMU's Dr. Muhammad Spocter shares his excitement for neuroanatomy.

DMU’s Dr. Muhammad Spocter shares his excitement for neuroanatomy.

“The physical therapy clinical faculty enjoyed being back in the anatomy lab as much as the participants,” said April Newton, D.P.T., assistant professor and director of clinical education and one of the review course instructors. “For some, it has been decades since reviewing a brain dissection.”

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Endlessly curious and easily entertained, Barb Dietrich Boose loves being a member of the friendly, fascinating DMU community and its creative communications team. The University's publications director and DMU Magazine editor, Barb is always on the hunt for story ideas, good books and new recipes to try out on her family, such as her surprisingly tasty pork-and-bean bars.