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Heather Hopley joins the Department of Medical Education as a Primary Appointment

Heather Hopley is excited to be joining the Department of Medical Education. As a classically-trained anatomist, Heather has taught students at all levels of undergraduate medical education in Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology, Histology and Neuroanatomy, with an emphasis on teaching medical and physical therapy students. Graduating with a Master's degree in Clinical Anatomy from Creighton University, Heather’s first teaching role was as an Instructor of Anatomy at Creighton University's Physical Therapy program. She subsequently taught Human Gross Anatomy and lead cadaver dissections at Ross University School of Medicine for several years, before returning to graduate school. Heather pursued further graduate studies in Anatomy at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, with a research interest in the ongoing foundational role of Gross Anatomy in the ever shifting landscape of the undergraduate medical school curriculum, while continuing to teach professional students at SLU and Washington University in St. Louis. Heather’s next role was the Coordinator of Anatomy at the newly-opened Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Heather developed and implemented cadaver-based anatomical and medical simulation curriculum for the General Surgery and Neurosurgery residency training programs, and collaborated with the Center's Innovation department to create anatomically-correct simulation task trainers for healthcare professionals. Heather was instrumental in securing accreditation for the Center from the American College of Surgeons as an Accredited Education Institute, a distinction only shared by four other sites at the time. After taking several years off to raise their children, Heather and her family moved to the Upper Valley in 2018 and enjoy the many outdoor activities available in this beautiful area.