New master’s program to address global shortage of anatomy instructors

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The current world-wide lack of individuals who are highly qualified in anatomy instruction propelled the Faculty of Medicine to launch the Master of Applied Science in Anatomical Sciences Education, an innovative program only recently approved at the provincial level.

The master’s program was initiated and developed under the leadership of Dr. Alireza Jalali, head of anatomy and associate professor at the Faculty. The research paper-based, 20-month program is offered by the Faculty’s Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and focuses on anatomy education and modern medical education principles.

Leveraging expertise and modern facilities

The program aligns with the unique strengths of DIME, which not only possesses the required expertise to teach in this laboratory course-intensive program and to supervise students in education scholarship projects, but also leverages its modern human anatomy laboratory to blend instruction in both anatomy and cutting-edge teaching and innovation in medical education.

“This unique, bilingual master’s program will meet the increasingly critical need for instructors trained in human cadaveric anatomy and prepare students for a career in teaching anatomy in the health sciences,” says Dr. Jalali.

Learners will develop clinically relevant anatomy knowledge, teaching skills and anatomy education scholarship during their first year. After that, they will benefit from immediate, hands-on application of this acquired knowledge in their second year, when they will serve as anatomy teachers in the Faculty’s undergraduate medical program and conduct education scholarship projects.

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