Human Anatomy and Embryology (HAE)

The Human Anatomy and Embryology (HAE) longitudinal curriculum includes basic principles of human anatomy and development, issues of death and dying, and ethical aspects of utilizing body donors. Students are exposed to the general organization of each body system in the Foundations course, followed by more detailed information that is integrated into the organ-system courses. Communication and teamwork are major components of this curricular element, as students practice these skills in the dissection laboratory and during case-based learning sessions.

Longitudinal Curriculum Leader

Virginia T. Lyons, PhD

Office Location: 237B Remsen Hall

Dr. Lyons began teaching in the anatomical sciences in 1997 after receiving her PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary focus is gross anatomy and embryology, however she also teaches histology and neuroscience at Geisel. Dr. Lyons is the Associate Dean for the Preclinical Curriculum, and is a strong advocate for utilizing engaged pedagogies in the curriculum. She also directs the Educational Experience in Anatomy elective that is offered to 3rd and 4th year students.


Longitudinal Curriculum Objectives

  1. Explain the gross morphology and three-dimensional organization of the body and how it relates to normal function
  2. Describe common anatomical variations that are relevant to clinical practice.
  3. Predict how abnormal or altered anatomical structure would affect normal function.
  4. Recognize what lies beneath the skin for the purpose of palpating and locating anatomical structures used in clinical practice.
  5. Describe basic principles of human development.
  6. Predict how dysfunction of developmental events would affect anatomical structure and function.
  7. Use proper anatomical vocabulary in order to communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty.
  8. Demonstrate respect for anatomy group members by being punctual and engaged in the dissection process.
  9. Demonstrate respect for the body donors and their families by adhering to anatomy laboratory policies.