Intensive two-day
shoulder dissection course
11-12 FBERUARY 2022

February 11, 2022 09:00 - February 12, 2022 17:00Meibergdreef 9, 1105 Amsterdam-Zuidoost

This unique two day dissection course will involve the use of formalin fixed cadavers using standard embalming method carried out by the department of anatomy of the University of Amsterdam. Each day will start with a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of functional and clinical anatomist Karl Jacobs you will perform dissection on the upper extremity in pairs.

Hereby we provide an opportunity to investigate areas of the participant’s own interest, resulting in a situation where each participant will have his own cadaver part. During the day, participants are asked to show their work (dissection) to the other participants creating a peer teaching opportunity where everyone can learn from each other. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal enquiry. This is a unique opportunity to explore the human anatomy in its 3D form and shape, we will do all we can to support you and make this an unforgettable and unique educational experience where you:

  • Explore the presence of the continuity of fascia throughout the human body
  • Expand your perception of the 3D relations in joints, muscle and nerves.
  • Understand the spatial patterning of structure and the importance of the tissue separating and connecting these structures, providing an environment where movement and stability is obtained.
  • Witness all fascinating features that the human body hides in itself

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Day One, 09:00 - 17:00

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, 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 on the body part of your choice, the other participants will also work on the body part of their choice, resulting in an incredible and fascinating opportunity where all participants will explore human anatomy in its continuity and entirety. And were everyone can learn from each other.

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.

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, 09:00 - 17:00

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 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.


Dag 1:

Welkom: 09:00 - 09:15

  • Lezing 1: 09:15 - 10:15
    • Introductie (programma)
    • De anatomie van fascia:
      • Ontwikkeling
      • Histologie
      • Fysiologie
      • Morfologie
    • lichaamsdonatie programma AMC 10:15 – 10:30

Koffie break: 10:30 – 10:45

  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 1. 10:45 – 12:30
    • Dissectie van:
      • Huid
      • Oppervlakkige fascia
      • Diepe fascia / myofascia
      • Fascia continuïteit

Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Lezing deel 2: 13:30 – 14:30
    • Oppervlakkige anatomie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand.
      • Spieren
      • Fascia “chains”
  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 2: 14:30 – 15:30
    • Dissectie van:
      • Spieren
      • Vaat en zenuwweefsel (oppervlakkig).

Middag Break: 15:30 – 15:45

  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 3: 15:45 – 16:45
    • Dissectie van:
      • Vervolg deel 2.

Dag afsluiting en evaluatie dag 1. 16:45 – 17:00


Dag 2:

Welkom: 09:00 - 09:15

  • Lezing deel 3: 09:15 - 10:30
    • Introductie (programma dag 2)
    • Diepere structuren van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand.

Koffie break: 10:30 – 10:45

  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 4: 10:45 – 12:30
    • Dissectie van:
      • Spieren (diep)
      • Vaat zenuwweefsel (diep)

Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Lezing deel 4: 13:30 – 14:30
    • Kapsel/ligamenten van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand.
  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 5: 14:30 – 15:30
    • Dissectie van:
      • Kapsel en ligamenten

Middag Break: 15:30 – 15:45

  • Dissectie van de schouder/elleboog/pols/hand deel 6: 15:45 – 16:45
    • Dissectie van:
      • Intra-articulaire structuren.

Dag afsluiting en evaluatie cursus. 16:45 – 17:00



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 upper extremity region.


Accreditation from The Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy (KNGF) 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.


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