University of Ioannina, PC 45110, Greece
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Purpose of the course: The subject of "Anatomy I" is the macroscopic study of the human body structure. The traditional approach to anatomy teaching is the dissection, which offers significant potential for the understanding of the structure and the organization of a living organism, in contrast to the limited possibilities offered by simple observation of internal structure of the body or palpation. Today the term human anatomy means understanding the structure in relation to the understanding of the functioning of the human organism.

Content of the course: A good understanding of the structure of the body (anatomy) and the function (physiology) is the basis of all medicine. Without knowing how the body works, how it is made up and how it can go wrong (disease), we cannot even begin to design effective treatments and interventions, including surgery or new pharmaceutical drugs. Macroscopic anatomy, or gross anatomy, is the examination of the body parts using unaided eyesight. Gross anatomy also includes the branch of superficial anatomy. The "Anatomy I" course offers the study of the parts of the body based on common morphological and functional characteristics that allow the distinction in the following systems: Skeletal System (Bones, Links, Joints), Muscular system, Vascular system, Peripheral Nervous System.

Form and outcomes of training: Teaching except from lectures is supplemented with exercise in human body dissections and models. Upon the completion of the Anatomy I class students:
- will be able to macroscopically recognize anatomical structures and human organs and have basic knowledge of surface anatomy
-will have the ability to recognize isolated sections and bones of the human skeleton
-will know the function of each anatomical structural element
-will know the clinical relevance of each anatomical structural element
- will be able to do recognize the radiographic images of each anatomical structure
-will know the biological basis of each organ system
-will be familiar with the anatomical preparation
- are motivated toward self-directed learning through clinical cases

Hours of training per student: 140

Semester: 2nd