The Anthony Schmidt Award
This award is given by the faculty of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology to a student at the end of his or her third year of medical school. The winning student must be nominated by an anatomy faculty member and is chosen based on demonstrated interest and excellence in the anatomical sciences. The award is named after the founding chair of the department, Anthony J. Schmidt, PhD. Schmidt had a keen interest in the education of medical students, and the faculty decided to recognize his commitment to Rush Medical College and its students by naming the department's award in his honor. Schmidt Award winners are listed below:
Graduate Student Award Winners
Teaching Awards Received by Anatomy & Cell Biology Faculty
Research Awards Received by Anatomy & Cell Biology Faculty
Research Awards Received by Postdoctoral Fellow
Memebers of the Mark Lepper, MD Society of Teachers
2011- SEMINAR SERIES
Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm
Auditorium 160 Cohn Building
January 24 - Carla Scanzello, PhD (Rush)
February 7 - Hong Shen, PhD (Rush)
February 21 - Paula Stern, PhD (Northwestern)
March 7 - Ming Zhang, PhD (Northwestern)
***FRIDAY 2:00-3:00 March 25- Jinxi Wang,MD, PhD (U of Kansas) FRIDAY 2:00-3:00 ***
April 4 - Anna Plaas, PhD (Rush)
April 18 - Eric Weiss, PhD (Northwestern)
May 2 - Gary Schaer, MD (Rush)
June 6 - Matthew Allen, PhD (Indiana University)
September 19- Steven Feinstein, MD (Rush)
October 3- Michael Cho, PhD (UIC)
October 31- Xiulong Xu, PhD (Rush)
November 7- Mitch Denning, PhD (Loyola University)
November 21- Nathan Ellis, PhD (UIC)
December 5- Maurizio Bocchetta, PhD (Loyola University)
December 19- Sasha Shafikhani, PhD (Rush)
Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm
Auditorium 160 Cohn Building
January 30- Callum Ross, PhD (U of C)
February 13- Kenan Onel, MD, PhD (U of Chicago)
February 27- Judy Bolton, PhD (UIC)
March 12- Irina Budunova, MD, PhD (Northwestern)
March 26- Bala Chandran, MS, PhD (Rosalind Franklin University)
April 9- Anne Marie Malfait, MD, PhD (Rush)
April 23- Razmi Mohammad, PhD (Wayne State)
October 29- Di Chen, MD, PhD (Rush University)
November 5- Joel Finkelstein,MD(Massachusetts General Hospital)
November 19- TBA (Cleveland Clinic)
November 26- Ernst Lengyel,MD(University of Chicago)
December 10- Najia Shakoor, MD(Rush University)
Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm
Auditorium 160 Cohn Building
January 7- Nancy Zeleznik-Le,PhD (Loyola University)
January 14- Corey Neu,PhD(Purdue University)
February 11- Christian Stehlik, PhD(Northwestern University)
April 9- Christopher Engeland, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
April 22- James LaBelle, PhD (University of Chicago)
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The Human Anatomy Laboratory at the Rush University Medical Center
(James M. Williams, PhD, Director, Laura E. Thorp, MPT, PhD, Associate Director)
First among our missions is the education of students in the anatomical sciences, specifically gross human anatomy.
We offer to following to our medical students:
First-year medical students:
The Fall of 2010 saw the end of the traditional gross anatomy course as we began an integrated curriculum. This curriculum offers instruction to our first-year medical students in the form of blocks of instruction. For example, the cardiovascular respiratory block involves instruction from biochemists, physiologists, histologists and anatomists with learning exercises built into the form of case presentations, team-based learning exercises, workshops, lectures and laboratory dissections. We have not reduced the amount of anatomy, but reorganized it into a integrated context of learning for the students. We employ an alternating dissection schedule where half the students at a table dissect and teach to the other half for the next session. Studies of our alternating dissection approach have been presented at national meetings and published.
Second-year medical students:
A Clinical Skills workshop has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Chris Ross (Emergency Medicine Stroger Hospital) and Drs. Laura Thorp and James M. Williams.This program was funded initially from a Rush Stroger grant and was reviewed, analyzed and the results published. It involves having small groups of second-year medical students coming into the lab and being taught invasive techniques such as chest tube placement, arthrocentesis, central line placement, etc. by attending emergency medicine doctors. Studies of our clinical skills workshops have been presented at national meetings and published.
Fourth-year medical students.
The Surgical Anatomy Elective continues to be ranked in the top three of all electives taken by our medical students. On average 46 of 120 graduating students are enrolled each year. The focus of the course has been to require the students to complete a PowerPoint presentation of clinical scenarios using patient clinical information combined with an illustration of the relevant clinical anatomy. Many of these presentations can be used in presenting clinical cases and relevant anatomy in the first-year medical anatomy course. Some students have opted to produce prosections and participate as upper-class teaching assistants.
Programs in the College of Health Sciences.
Speech and Language Pathology.
Dr. Laura Thorp has developed and taught a course for Speech Language Pathology students with a focus on head and neck anatomy.
Audiology Doctoral Students.
Dr. James M. Williams currently instructs a brief six-week session with audiology doctoral students focusing entirely on the anatomy of the auditory apparatus with hands-on dissection.
Physicians Assistants Students.
Drs. Thorp and Williams have begun a new course of anatomy instruction for the newly developed physicians assistants program.This two-quarter course covers all of human anatomy and involves a lab-centered approach similar to the one developed for the medical school curriculum.
Rush Clinical Department Activities.
The human anatomy laboratory hosts activities for several clinical departments in the medical center for resident education.This includes the Departments of Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Vascular Surgery and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stroger Hospital. Through collaboration with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery we have completed a two cadaver studies of hips with Dr. Shane Nho which has been presented at national meetings and is now in publication as a manuscript
The laboratory continues to function as a central facility for the receipt and use of fresh human materials for research uses in orthopedics.
Department of Defense Program in Advanced Trauma Training of Medics.
An exciting new program from the Rush Department of Emergency Medicine involves the anatomy laboratory for the Rush University Medical Center Advance Trauma Training Program. Rush now serves as the host site for military medical personnel in training for in-the-field activities using fresh cadavers. This program under the leadership of Dr. Dino Rumoro, chair of Emergency Medicine is in its 3rd year.
On an annual basis the human anatomy laboratory hosts 20-25 clinically-oriented workshops where Rush physicians studied or were trained in new advances in surgical approaches or cutting edge technologies. These workshops involve demonstrations by device companies where cutting edge technology and techniques are presented. Companies interested in using the human anatomy laboratory at Rush should contact Dr. James M. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 942-3598) for information on availability and costs associated with hosting such an event. These small workshops typically involve company representatives and doctors coming to our facility to provide instruction to attending physicians, fellows and residents in the use of a new device or technique. We provide the facility, basic dissection instruments and a laboratory assistant. Cadaveric specimens and rentals of extra equipment (e.g. c-arms, towers, etc) are available by local or national vendors. A member of the anatomy lab staff is on site for the duration of these workshops. As a corporation we require that all such activities be presented at a high level consistent with the standards considered for continuing medical education activities. Continuing medical education credit for any of these workshops has not been sought or awarded, however, all such activities are presented at a level required for awarding of such credit.
Collaborations with Other Institutions and Community Outreach.
Robert Morris University.
Currently faculty from the nursing and surgical technology programs at the Robert Morris University conduct cadaver based classes in the human anatomy laboratory at Rush.
Malcolm X College.
Plans are near completion to provide limited off-site cadaver instruction to students enrolled at Malcolm X College in Chicago.
C.H.A.T. Dr. Williams received an outreach from the American Association of Anatomist entitled Development of Effective Teaching Strategies for Anatomy at the High-School Level.Under the auspices of the American Association of Anatomists Outreach Grant Program and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the Rush University Medical Center a group of high school science teachers and anatomists joined up to form a group known as C.H.A.T. (Chicagoland High-school Anatomy Teachers.) This program has been designed to assist in meeting goals of the Chicago Public School system such as: building instructional capacity, high quality teaching and leadership, learning communities and professional development, support for student development, post secondary training and education, strengthening existing high school programs and accountability to support improvement in all schools. The program started in 2005 as local area high schools brought students to Rush who were involved in advanced biology programs. As more students and teachers visited and conversations progressed teachers expressed an interest in hands-on refresher work in anatomy. These workshops involve high-school teachers visiting the laboratory for hands-on dissection of a human cadaver, introduction to anatomical terminology with a focus on the structure and function of the topics areas in their classrooms. Thus, teachers have been able to focus on an area of the body, compare normal to abnormal, work with imaging, study clinical scenarios, share best practices and discuss additional strategies for the development of effective teaching strategies for anatomy at the high-school level.
North Lawndale Minimedical School.
An interesting spin off of this program is the planning of the North Lawndale Minimedical School project.This program is the brainchild of Carol Giles, a participant at one of our workshops and teacher at a local area high-school. This outreach program to the children in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago involves pro bono work bringing in doctors, lawyers, nurses, and other professionals to speak to junior high students who gather each Saturday morning. Rush has been invited to participate by providing the facility where students can come in and have a chance to dissect nonhuman animals in the laboratory and hear about all the opportunities in science from professionals and hear experiences from our students.
Other community outreach programs.
The gross anatomy laboratory continues to be a resource for the community.We average nearly 800 high school students per year visiting the laboratory with advanced biology classes.Through the Volunteers Office and the office of Sharon Gates, numerous tours of students visiting the medical center have been conducted.Through this we have supervised several college age volunteers wishing to have a hands-on experience in the laboratory. Further, we have been approach by programs from a number of area institutions to use our facility for instruction of students in health professional programs where anatomy instruction is desired.
Faculty laboratories in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology are located in the Armour Academic Center and in the Cohn Building, a new research building on campus. These laboratories support a variety of projects ranging in scope from cell and tissue culture work using molecular probes and biochemical methods to experimental surgery and studies on biomechanics and gait. Most faculty members collaborate not only with other researchers at Rush University, but also with investigators elsewhere in the United States and abroad. For links to individual profiles, see the Faculty/Staff Profiles section of the site.
Faculty with Primary Appointments in Anatomy and Cell Biology
D.R. Sumner, PhD, Professor and Chair
F.W. Hughes, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus
J.M. Kerns, PhD, Professor Emeritus
J.K. Khodadad, PhD, Professor Emeritus
R.U. Seale, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Faculty with Conjoint Appointments in Anatomy and Cell Biology
A. Cole, PhD (Biochemistry)
Faculty with Visiting Appointments in Anatomy and Cell Biology
J. Oldershaw, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Zujian Chen, Research Technician
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