Lawrence M. Witmer, PhD
Professor of Anatomy
Chang Ying-Chien Professor of Paleontology
OU Presidential Research Scholar 2004-2009

Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Life Science Building, Rm 123
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701 USA



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Medical Education

  Clinical Anatomy Immersion
OU-HCOM has two parallel curricular tracks, the PCC (a Patient-Centered Continuum) and the CPC (a Clinical Presentation Continuum). Prior to the students beginning their separate curricular tracks, all of the entering students begin their training together in an "immersion" setting for roughly four weeks prior to Labor Day. The Clinical Anatomy Immersion meets four days per week with three scheduled hours of lab per day. The lab involves dissection of human cadavers, imaging studies, and discussion of clinical anatomy in an interactive laboratory setting. The structure of the human body is presented in a clinically relevant manner, providing correlations of normal anatomy to common disease states. The ultimate goal is to enhance clinical reasoning in the context of human gross anatomy. Witmer coordinates anatomical studies for the Clinical Anatomy Immersion.

Anatomy Immersion

Current schedule, list of instructors, recommended texts, and downloadable lecture handouts
  RPAC (Residency Program Advisory Committee): Basic Science Integration
The CORE, an educational consortium comprised of OU-HCOM and 12 Ohio hospitals, has recognized the importance of the "continuum concept" (i.e., vertical integration) that pervades medical education in Athens, and has placed Basic Science Liaisons on all of the RPACs. Witmer currently serves as the Basic Science Liaison for the General Surgery RPAC (GS-RPAC), and, from 20042011, the Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery RPAC (ORL-HNS RPAC), and, from 19992004, the Pediatrics RPAC (Peds-RPAC). 
  GS-RPAC Current basic science schedule, handout downloads, etc.
  Peds-RPAC Current basic science schedule, handout downloads, etc.
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Last updated: 11/19/2015