University of Pittsburgh


Foundations of Medicine

Medical Anatomy

August 24, 2018-October 13, 2018
36 half days

Course Director
Jack Schumann, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology

Course Description

The knowledge of human variability and susceptibility to disease begins with a thorough introduction to the basic structure of the human body that occurs in this course.

The goals of the course are:

  1. to introduce the fundamental organization and structure of the human body.
  2. to begin the process of clinical observation by attention to detail and honing of observational skills.
  3. to introduce imaging methods that are used clinically to image body structure.
  4. to begin to use knowledge of anatomical structures to solve clinical scenarios.

The 48 faculty are from 11 departments: Anthropology (School of Arts and Sciences), Cell Biology & Physiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine (Primary Care Sports Medicine Program), Neurobiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (Division of Gynecologic Oncology), Oral Medicine and Pathology (School of Dental Medicine), Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Surgery (Division of Cardiac Surgery), and from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Educational Methods


Lectures Clinical lectures Ultrasound demonstrations Dissection videos
Dissection laboratories Problem-based learning Question-and-answer web log    



Evaluation for this course is based on three laboratory ‘practical’ examinations (30%), two multiple-choice section examinations (20%), and a comprehensive final examination (50%).

Grading: This course comprises 100% of the grade for the Foundations of Medicine Block, Section 1. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Jack Schumann, PhD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award; the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education; multiple Excellence in Education Awards, including for Outstanding Course Director and for Lecturer; the Pre-Clinical Golden Apple Award; and several Golden Apple Awards. Cynthia Lance-Jones, PhD; David Eibling, MD; and Kanchan Rao, MD, are recipients of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award. In addition, Drs. Schumann, Eibling, and Lance-Jones; Steven Orebaugh, MD; and Sandra Murray, PhD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.