COURSES :: ME120.704 :: anatomical sketching

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    Offered: First semester, First year
    Instructors: David A. Rini, Assistant Professor
    Miguel A. Schön, Assistant Professor
    Credits: 3 Credits: 2 Lecture hours and 9 Studio hours per week

    Sketching from cadaver dissections. Sequential studies of selected regional anatomy. Augmented by autopsy, specimens, and text references.

    COURSE objectives

  • Accurately observe and reproduce three-dimensional anatomical from in two dimensions through cadaveric studies.
  • Sketch accurately from dissected cadaver.
  • Create a realistic and educational sketch which includes accurate anatomical shape and placement, topographical relationships as in the living body, and organ and tissue textural differentiation.
  • Coordinate information from dissected cadaver, textbooks, and atlases.
  • Utilize proper planes, directions, movements, and terminology.
  • Prepare sketches that meet assigned requirements.
  • Utilize sketches as anatomic reference material in future assignments.


  • Two complete natural bone skeletons in department
  • Student bone boxes from Anatomy and Cell Biology department
  • Access to cadaver dissection room at Basic Sciences building
  • Maryland State Board of Anatomy
  • Extensive collection of anatomical texts and atlases (see library inventory list)
  • Grant's Atlas of Anatomy Dissection Manual

    COURSE assignments

    1. Lab dissection
    2. Instructional sketches from the cadaver

    COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Individual critiques
  • Review of assignments
  • Final grade


    Three half days per week.

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