Human Anatomy Laboratory

Human Anatomy Lab

Helping to facilitate the education of Rush University students and practicing physicians is an important mission of the Human Anatomy Lab. Instruction in the form of courses, workshops, industry demonstrations and continuing physician education occurs regularly in our Human Anatomy Laboratory located on the fifth floor of the Armour Academic Center.


Art and Medical Illustration in the Rush Human Anatomy Laboratory

Art and Medical Illustration in the Rush Human Anatomy Laboratory
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Human Anatomy Lab workshops

On an annual basis, the Human Anatomy Laboratory hosts 20 - 25 clinically oriented workshops. These workshops involve demonstrations by device companies of leading-edge surgical technology and techniques. Workshops typically involve company representatives and doctors who use our facility to provide instruction and continuing education to attending physicians, fellows and residents.

Organizations interested in using the Human Anatomy Laboratory at Rush University should contact the director, Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT, at for more information on availability, for a copy of the laboratory information guide and to receive an estimate of costs associated with hosting an event.

Human Anatomy Lab courses

Courses include:

Medical College
  • Preclerkship Curriculum: RMD 563, 564, 565, 566, 574, 575
  • Surgical Anatomy Elective
College of Health Sciences
  • Physician Assistant: PHA511
  • Occupational Therapy: OCC501L
  • Speech-Language Pathology: SLP537L
  • Audiology: AUD602
  • Undergraduate: HSC360

The REACH Program explores the Rush University Human Anatomy Laboratory

Community outreach and Human Anatomy Lab tours

The Human Anatomy Laboratory is a widely used resource for the West Side of Chicago and beyond. Each year, approximately 4,000 high school students visit the laboratory as an experiential learning component of their anatomy and physiology or advanced biology classes.

Education Partners

Our partners in education include the following:

Institutions and organizations
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Roosevelt University
The following organizations use the Human Anatomy Laboratory to instruct students or professionals:
  • Department of Defense program in advanced trauma training of medics
  • Roosevelt University
    • Faculty from the nursing and surgical technology programs at Roosevelt University conduct cadaver-based classes in our Human Anatomy Laboratory.

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David Karwo, lab services coordinator

Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT, interim director