Intensive full body dissection course
With Jeroen Alessie – 1 & 2 APRIL 2022

April 1, 2022 09:00 - April 2, 2022 17:00Meibergdreef 9, 1105 Amsterdam-Zuidoost


Within this intensive, unique, two-day dissection course you will perform your own dissection on formalin fixed cadavers provided by the department of anatomy at the University of Amsterdam. Karl Jacobs together with Jeroen Alessie will be your course leaders. Each day will start with a short introduction, the rest of the day is altered between lectures and especially dissections. In the dissection room, under the guidance of anatomist Karl Jacobs you will learn how to perform your own dissections. At the end of the two days, you have covered the dissection of the fascia of the entire body.

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.


The total number of study load hours for this course is 18 hours. 7 contact hours per day (excluding breaks) and 2 hours of preparation per day. For the Full Body Dissection Course some preparation assignments will be provided before the start of the course.

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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.

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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 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. 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 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 15 participants. A small group provides an immersive learning environment ensuring all participants receive maximum attention and guidance.


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