Intensive Full Body Dissection course, discovering fascia

March 15, 2019 09:00 - March 16, 2019 17:00Meibergdreef 9, 1105 Amsterdam-Zuidoost

Introduction

This intensive, unique, two-day dissection course will involve the use of formalin fixed cadavers provided by the department of anatomy at the University of Amsterdam. Each day will start with a short presentation on the regional anatomy to be covered. You will then proceed into the dissection room, where under the guidance of anatomist Karl Jacobs you will dissect your specific area of choice (At the first day, you will be asked to indicate your specific area of choice).

A maximum of five participants will work per cadaver. Sharing a cadaver will provide an opportunity to investigate the “fascia” as tissue continuity throughout the body and explore the relations between each region, as well as focusing on your region of interest in greater detail during the dissection. At each step the anatomists will be guiding you and highlighting important learning points.

During the day participants are asked to show their work (dissection) to the other participants, this creates a peer teaching opportunity where everyone can learn from each other. Ample time will be provided for questions and discussion. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore human anatomy in a truly immersive way; we will do all we can to support you and make this an unforgettable and unique educational experience.

In summary this course will allow you to :

  • Explore the continuity of fascia throughout the human body.
  • Develop a clear understanding of tissue continuity and the interrelations of each of the body regions.
  • Expand your perception of the three-dimensional relationships of joints, muscle and nerves.
  • Understand the spatial patterning of structures.
  • Discover fascinating features that the human body hides beneath the skin.

HOUR(S) OF STUDY

The total number of study load hours for this course is 14 hours. 7 contact hours per day (excluding breaks). For the Full Body Dissection Course no preparation assignments have to be fulfilled.

Course content

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Day One

The day will begin with a meet & greet session where participants will introduce themselves and share their motivations for choosing this course. This provides us with an opportunity to find out more about you and discover any shared interests, which helps us plan the dissection element of your day. The introduction is followed by a brief presentation about the University’s body donation system and the way the bodies are embalmed and prepared for our courses.

Moving swiftly on, after a presentation describing all the new insides on fascia, your next session will be your dissection room orientation. We understand that for many people this will be their first experience of human dissection and the thought of dissection may very well be daunting. Karl will help gently guide you through the process and carefully make sure that you are happy with each step. The aim is to provide an open, safe and collaborative environment where we all work together in an effort to understand human anatomy. During the course there is no obligation to participate in anything that you do not feel comfortable with, please always feel free to say so.

Within this course you will work together with a maximum 4 other participants on a whole cadaver, resulting in an incredible and fascinating opportunity where you will explore human anatomy in its continuity and entirety.

Skin, subcutaneous tissue including the superficial fascia and superficial muscles

We will start dissecting by removing the skin and studying its layers, the superficial fascia, adipose tissue and the deep fascia and its relationship with the muscles. The first few hours of dissection can be difficult and might even be a little bit frustrating, don't worry you will get there, it is precise but rewarding work and an important part of your learning, providing the chance to develop the skills required with the scalpel, that you will need later in the course.

As you dissect, the continuity of the fascia will become appreciable, a fact which is rarely demonstrated in anatomy books, the more you follow it, the more it will reveal regarding its relation to underlying structures. The advantages of the full body dissection course are that all structures connecting the upper and lower extremity to the trunk are still intact, providing an outstanding overview of human anatomy in its entirety.

After lunch we will continue the dissection by removing the deep layer of fascia, which surrounds the muscles. Slowly you will uncover the nerves and vessels that supply these tissues.

An hour before the end of the first day, everyone will be provided with an opportunity to share their dissection findings and then plan their dissection aims for the second day. These aims have to be written and will help guide your dissection and help you to achieve your original aims for doing this course.

Day Two

Day two begins with a debrief session, here we check in with how you are all feeling after your first day of dissection, we will also go through each “aim list” and if necessary help you fine tune your aims to ensure you get the most out of your dissection.

After the debrief, we will continue with dissection and begin by slowly removing the muscles and reveal the underlying joint capsules and ligaments. Depending on the region you are dissecting this can be time consuming; however Karl will be at hand to assist you with your dissection. The morning session will end at lunchtime.

After Lunch you will have a second peer teaching session where all participants show their work and explain their dissection choices. We will then have an opportunity to discuss your anatomical knowledge prior to dissection and relate this to your dissection findings regarding muscle origin and insertions.

In this course you will discover continuity of structures throughout the fascia and determine how structures relate to each other. These new insights will help you to develop complete new theories about how our musculoskeletal system functions. The final part of your dissection of the musculoskeletal system, will involve entering the joints and studying the congruencies and osteology of the related bones and their surfaces.

Detailed programme

DAY 1: (09:00 – 17:00)

Subject: introduction Fascia, dissection ventral side Upper extremity, lower extremity, abdomen, thorax and face.

Reception: 09:00 - 09:15

  • Lecture 1: +/- 15 min 09:15 – 09:30
    • General information and program
    • General information and rules/expectations in relation to dissection (information on our body donation system)
    • Discuss participants area of interest
  • Lecture 2: +/- 60 min
    • General information about fascia
    • Anatomy, embryology, physiology, morphology of fascia
    • What means those new insights for me? (Discussion)

Break: coffee: 10:30 – 10:45

  • Dissection part 1: +/- 1 hour 45 min 10:45 – 12:30
    • Start dissection
      • Skin, subcutaneous layers and superficial fascia
      • Superficial muscles (ventral)
      • Superficial nerves (ventral)
      • Exploring fascia continuity
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (superficial)

Break: lunch: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Dissection part 2: +/- 1,5 hour 13:30 – 15:00
    • Continuation on ventral muscles UE and LE
      • Dissection of the deeper muscles (ventral)
      • Exploring fascia continuity (deep layers)
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (deep)

Break: Drinks and snack: 15:00 – 15:15

  • Dissection part 3: +/- 1,5 hour 15:15 – 16:45
    • Continue dissection deep muscles ventral UE and LE
      • Dissection muscles of the abdomen and thorax
      • Dissection of the joint structures, capsule and ligaments.
      • exploring fascia continuities
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (deep)

Debriefing day 1: 16:45 – 17:00

 

DAY 2: (09:00 – 17:00)

Subjects:

  • Skin and subcutaneous tissue (dorsal)
  • Dorsal superficial muscles form upper extremity, lower extremity, back and hip/gluteal.
  • Fascia continuity and its consequences for functional anatomy.
  • Deep dorsal muscles; UE, LE, thorax back and hip/gluteal.
  • Dorsal joint structures; UE, LE, thorax back and hip/gluteal.

Reception: 09:00 - 09:15

  • Start of the day: +/- 15 min 09:15 - 09:30
    • Reflection on day 1
    • Discuss aims of the day
  • Dissection part 1: +/- 60 min 09:30 – 10:30
    • Last possibility to finish ventral dissections (if needed)
      • Discuss the explored anatomy with group members
      • Discuss the present of fascia continuity
      • Peer teaching: each participant demonstrates his work to the other participants and discuss present anatomical variations.

Break coffee: 10:30 – 10:45

  • Dissection part 2: +/- 1 hour 45 min 10:45 – 12:30
      • Skin and subcutaneous tissue (fascia)(dorsal)
      • Superficial muscles (dorsal)
      • Superficial nerves (dorsal)
      • Explore fascia continuity (dorsal)
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (superficial)

Break lunch: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Dissection part 3: +/- 1,5 hour 13:30 – 15:00
    • Continuation dissection dorsal muscles UE and LE
      • Dissection deep muscles (dorsal)
      • Explore fascia continuity (dorsal)
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (deep)

Break: Drinks and snack: 15:00 – 15:15

  • Dissection part 4: +/- 1,5 hour 15:15 – 16:45
    • Continuation dissection deep muscles BE, OE
      • Dissection muscles of the back and spine
      • Dissection of the spinal cord
      • Dissection of the joint, capsules and ligaments (dorsal).
      • Explore fascia continuity back and hip
      • Demonstration myofascial extensions (back)
      • Discuss the explored anatomy with group members
      • Discuss the present of fascia continuity
      • Peer teaching: each participant demonstrates his work to the other participants and discuss anatomical variations.

Debriefing day 2: 16:45 – 17:00

Information

Specific course information “Full Body dissection Course”

Eligibility for the “Full Body Dissection” course:

Our general eligibility criteria can be found on the “Eligibility” page. For the “Full Body Dissection” course, we strongly recommend a paramedical or medical background with a keen interest in human anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and fascia.

Accreditation:

Accreditation from The Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy (KNGF) for general physical therapy is pending.

Deadline for subscription:

The deadline for enrolment is two weeks prior to the start of the course. For the “Full Body Dissection” course, the last day to enrol on is: 25-01-2019. 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 the “Full Body Dissection” course are 8 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 the “Full Body Dissection” course are 16 participants. A small group provides an immersive learning environment ensuring all participants receive maximum attention and guidance.

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