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 within the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. 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.


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

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 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.

James M. Williams, PhD
Director, Human Anatomy Laboratory
(312) 942-3598

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Human Anatomy Lab

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.

Human Anatomy Lab educational partners and programs

Our partners in education include the following:

  • Institutions and organizations
    • U.S. Department of Defense
    • Robert Morris University
    • Malcolm X College
  • Device companies:
    • Zimmer
    • Medtronic
    • Stryker
    • BIOMET
    • Covidien

The following organizations use the Human Anatomy Laboratory to instruct students or professionals:

  • Department of Defense program in advanced trauma training of medics
  • Robert Morris University
    • Faculty from the nursing and surgical technology programs at Robert Morris conduct cadaver-based classes in our Human Anatomy Laboratory.
  • Malcolm X College
    • We provide cadaver instruction to students enrolled at Chicago’s Malcolm X College.
  • Mini-Medical School: This outreach program for children on the West Side of Chicago involves pro bono work bringing in doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals to speak to junior high students who gather on Saturday mornings at the Human Anatomy Laboratory. Students get a chance to dissect nonhuman animals in the laboratory and hear about science opportunities from professionals.

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