Functional anatomy,
surgical access and wound closure of the upper extremity

November 8, 2019 08:30 - 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. The focus of this course will be the upper extremity, covering basic topographic and functional anatomy and relevant surgical approaches, the no go zones, important landmarks and various suture techniques will be discussed and practiced.
In addition to anatomical demonstrations, live dissections are performed by our anatomists, this will allow the student to develop an excellent three-dimensional impression of the anatomy of the upper extremity.

With the use of anatomical prosections and surgical demonstrations, you will get a chance to improve your anatomical knowledge. The final part of the course will address wound closure and various suture techniques will be demonstrated, followed by the opportunity for all participants to practice their suture skills (all material necessary for the suture technique training are provided Johnson & Johnson).


Physician assistants in training or just completed their training as a physician assistant.

After the course, the participants will of obtained new insight and knowledge in:

  • Topographical Anatomy of the upper extremity-Osteology/myology arthrology/peripheral neuroanatomy/vascularization
  • Peroperatieve soft tissue management functional anatomy of the upper extremity
  • biomechanical models /MSK Pathology

After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Determine anatomical landmarks of the upper extremity
  • Identify important neurovascular regions “No go zones”
  • Determine and draw incision locations
  • Apply different wound closure techniques
  • 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, by K. Jacobs
09.05 Body donation programme UvA-AMC, by K. Jacobs
09.15 Dissection room:
Topographic and functional anatomy (demo) shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Lecture:
No go zones / decision making

11:45 Dissection room:

  • No go zones
  • Determining anatomical landmarks
  • Determining incision locations

12.45 Lunch
13.45 Lecture:
Soft tissue management; the consequences of your work!
Suture materials

13.45 Dissection room:
Live dissection of the upper extremity
Demonstrating suture techniques and materials

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

16.30 End of the day and course evaluation


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

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.
  • Payment method: Payment should be made by bank tranfer or iDeal payment. After completing your order you will receive an invoice and payment instructions
  • Cancellation policy: You have 14 days to withdrawal without any costs
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