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Michael Ludwig and Caitlin McMenamin, both students in the Anatomy PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine, are seen at work in a lab in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences. The two are looking downward and framed at right by clean glassware hanging on a lab wall.

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The PhD program in Anatomy at Penn State University College of Medicine is designed for those interested in advanced training in human anatomical sciences.

The doctoral degree provides the resources and specialty training in human structure and medical sciences for students who want to pursue an academic career in the biomedical sciences.

Doctoral students have the opportunity to acquire disciplinary methods and techniques in any biomedical science field, including those basic, clinical or translational in nature, with the intent of using this knowledge to apply to new creative research, to demonstrate analytical thinking within the discipline, and to communicate their discipline-specific knowledge to others.

Doctoral degree students have the opportunity to rotate in 3 or 4 laboratories during the first two semesters with the intent of learning different methodologies, disciplines, and laboratory experiences before beginning more intensive research, thus encouraging interdisciplinary research and collaboration.


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During the first year of the Anatomy Graduate Program, incoming students focus on required anatomical courses, including Human Gross Anatomy, Human Embryology, Human Microscopic Anatomy (histology), and Human Neurobiology.

During the second year, students complete 6 credits of requisite graduate core curriculum, electives, research-related activities and professional development courses. Upper-class anatomy students have a unique opportunity to be involved in teaching gross anatomy to physician assistant and medical students, and advanced gross anatomy to residents and/or clinicians.

Required Courses

  • ANAT 503 Human Gross Anatomy
  • ANAT 512 Human Embryology
  • ANAT 505 Microscopic Anatomy I
  • ANAT 506 Microscopic Anatomy II
  • NEURO 511 Human Neurobiology
  • BMS 502 Cell and Systems Biology
  • BMS 503 Flow of Cellular Information
  • ANAT 602 Mentored Teaching
  • Ethics (1 credit)
  • Electives