The study of gross and developmental anatomy provides a solid foundation for clinical practice due to the tight correlation between structure and function. The primary objective for this course is to review concepts in gross and developmental anatomy that are relevant for clinical practice. The clinician utilizes a broad base of anatomical knowledge when performing the physical examination, interpreting radiographic images, describing symptom presentation, formulating sound clinical diagnoses, and developing appropriate treatment strategies. This section aims to present these anatomical principles at an appropriate level of detail, in a clinically relevant context. This approach will promote a deep understanding of the relationships between structure and function and help the student to develop a logic-driven approach to clinical evaluation. Developmental anatomy is integrated with gross anatomy and these principles are applied to physical examination of the patient, the evaluation of common injuries, radiographic imaging, and clinical diagnosis. The topics included in this section will provide a concise review of the anatomical foundation that is necessary for the student to succeed in the pre-clinical curriculum, successfully navigate the Step 1 exam, and move into clinical training.
Authors:Angela R Cantrell, PhD Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Medical Education University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee Jack L Wilson, PhD Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee