Dissection & surgical anatomy
access and wound closure of the shoulder

October 11, 2019 08:30 - October 12, 2019 16:30Meibergdreef 9, 1105 Amsterdam-Zuidoost

The responsibilities of the Physician assistants have greatly expanded in recent decades and there is an increasing need to develop surgical skills. We offer high quality dissection courses to help you develop these skills.

In the fall of 2019, the first dissection course for Physician assistants will take place at the anatomy department of the University of Amsterdam. During this course we will be focusing on the shoulder, covering topographic & functional anatomy and relevant surgical approaches, the no go zones, important landmarks and various suture techniques will be demonstrated, and opportunities provided to practice your new skills.

Students will perform dissection of the shoulder in pairs, under direct guidance of specialists in the field of anatomy, orthopaedics and surgery during this unique experience. Cadaveric dissection will help make the transition to patient based surgical treatment easier for novices and for those who already perform surgical interventions, this course will allow you to hone existing and develop new skills; as well as deepening your knowledge of surgical anatomy.


Physician assistants: Surgery/Orthopedics/Rheumatology/Rehabilitation Medicine/family medicine (and any other interseted PA) who completed their training as a physician assistant.

After the course, participants are expected to of obtained new insight and knowledge from:

Deepening of the topographic Anatomy of the upper extremity Osteology / myology / arthrology / peripheral / Neurology / vascularization Deepening of the functional Anatomy of the upper extremity biomechanical models / MSK pathology

After participation in the course, participants will be able to:

  • Appropriately apply soft tissue management principles
  • Determine anatomical landmarks
  • Determine the “no go zones” related to shoulder surgery
  • Understand and implement different surgical approaches to the shoulder
  • Different suture techniques and suture materials; What do you choose?

Course committee members

MSc Karl Jacobs – Anatoom – AUMC (AMC)
MSc Ramon Roerdink – PA – Jeroen Bosch ziekenhuis

Course content

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Programme day 1

08.30 Registration with Coffee/Tea
09.00 Welcome and introduction day 1, by K Jacobs; Ramon Roerdink
09.05 Body donation system UvA - AMC, by K. Jacobs
09.15 Lecture:

  • Soft tissue management; the consequences of your work!

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Dissection room:

  • No go zones
  • Determining anatomical landmarks
  • Determining incision locations
  • Different surgical approaches to the shoulder

12.45 Lunch
13.45 Dissection room:

  • Dissection of the shoulder part 1:
    • Skin and subcutaneous tissue
    • Myofascia

15:00 Break
15:30 Dissection room:

  • Dissection of the shoulder part 2:
    • Muscles and bursae
    • Myofascial expansions

16.30 End of day 1

Programme day 2

08.30 Registration with Coffee/Thee
09.00 Welcome and introduction programme day 2, by K. Jacobs; Ramon Roerdink
09.05 Experiences of day 1 and wishes for day 2
09.15 Dissection room:

Dissection of the shoulder part 3:

  • Continuation muscles and bursae
  • Continuation myofascial expansions
  • Joint structures:
    • capsule
    • ligaments
    • intra-articular structures

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Dissection room:
Dissection of the shoulder part 4:

  • Continuation joint structures:
    • capsule
    • ligaments
    • intra-articular structures

12.45 Lunch
13.45 Lecture:
Suture techniques and materials
Demonstrating suture techniques

15:00 Break
15:30 Practice session:
Practicing different suture techniques
Wound closure techniques (All material for the practical session will be made provided by Johnson & Johnson)

16.30 End of day 2 and course evaluation


Specific course information

Eligibility for the course:

Our general eligibility criteria can be found on the “Eligibility” page. For this course, we firmly recommend a special interest in the shoulder region.


Accreditation from The Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy (NAPA) is pending.

Deadline for subscription:

The deadline for enrolment is two weeks prior to the start of the course. If you wish to subscribe after the deadline, please contact Anatomy-inside by sending an email to info@anatomyinside.com

Minimum number of attendees:

The minimum number of attendees for this course is 10 participants. If the minimum number of attendees is not met two weeks before the course date, the course maybe cancelled by Anatomy-Inside. If the course is cancelled, you will be informed as soon as possible and will be eligible for a full refund.

Maximum number of attendees:

The maximum number of attendees for this course are 16 participants. A small group provides an immersive learning environment ensuring all participants receive maximum attention and guidance.

Terms and conditions

  • Services includes: Lunch, drinks and snacks
  • Terms of payment: Complete payment must be made before the course starts.
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  • Cancellation policy: You have 14 days to withdrawal without any costs
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