GMS 6692 – Anatomical Sciences Education Special Topics

Course Director

Kyle E. Rarey, PhD
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
D2-32B, Dental Sciences Building
Phone: (352) 273-5753


Presentation: 50%
Participation in Discussion: 50%

Course Overview

The goal of this special topics’ course is to provide introductory orientation and experiences to the anatomical education being conducted by the anatomy teaching faculty for new doctoral students in the ASE PhD Program

To accomplish this goal, the course objectives are:

  1. Interview anatomy teaching faculty.
  2. Review syllabi of a given course(s) taught by anatomy teaching faculty.
  3. Attend at least one class of anatomy teaching faculty.
  4. Review if the class learning objectives, teaching strategies, and learning strategies were aligned

With the broad anatomy teaching that occurs throughout an academic year, there are ample times for graduate students to become aware of the various teaching and learning strategies that the anatomy teaching faculty incorporate. The anatomy courses are offered online and onsite to graduate students, medical students, dental students, and PA students in various curricula.  The anatomy teaching faculty include: Dr. Nonabur, Dr. Aris, Dr. Topping, and Dr. Rarey.

Course Assignments

  1. Meet with an anatomy faculty member and discuss their view/philosophy of teaching in an academic medical center.  Seek how they use various educational tools in their teachings depending upon the curriculum, i.e., graduate, medical, dental, PA.
  2. Find time to sit-in on one or more of their classes and experience their classroom interactions with students.
  3. Experience both online and onsite classrooms and histology and gross anatomy laboratory sessions.
  4. Seek what education scholarship endeavors that anatomy teaching faculty have and are undertaking to enhance anatomy teaching and learning.

This course is designed to have nine classroom sessions (90 to 120 minutes) that will consist of a 45-60 minute student presentation followed by a 45-60 minute discussion.