This unique one day dissection course will involve the use of formalin fixed cadavers using standard embalming method carried out by the department of anatomy of the University of Amsterdam. The day will start with a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where functional and clinical anatomist Karl Jacobs will perform a dissection on the upper extremity.

The dissection course is interactive and we encourage the participants to ask questions, this way we provide an opportunity to investigate areas of the participant’s own interest. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal enquiry. This is a unique opportunity to explore the human anatomy in its 3D form and shape, we will do all we can to support you and make this an unforgettable and unique educational experience where you:

  • Explore the presence of the continuity of fascia throughout the human body
  • Expand your perception of the 3D relations in joints, muscle and nerves.
  • Understand the spatial patterning of structure and the importance of the tissue separating and connecting these structures, providing an environment where movement and stability is obtained.
  • Witness all fascinating features that the human body hides in itself

The day will begin with a meet & greet session where participants will introduce themselves and share their motivations for choosing this course. This provides us with an opportunity to find out more about you and discover any shared interests, which helps us plan the dissection element of your day. The introduction is followed by a brief presentation about the University’s body donation system and the way the bodies are embalmed and prepared for our courses.

Moving swiftly on, your next session will be your dissection room orientation. We understand that for many people this will be their first experience of human dissection and the thought of dissection may very well be daunting. Karl will help gently guide you through the process and carefully make sure that you are happy with each step. The aim is to provide an open, safe and collaborative environment where we all work together in an effort to understand human anatomy. During the course there is no obligation to participate in anything that you do not feel comfortable with, please always feel free to say so.

Within this course you will work on the upper extremities, resulting in an incredible and fascinating opportunity where all participants will explore human anatomy in its continuity and entirety. And were everyone can learn from each other.


We will start dissecting by removing the skin and studying its layers, the superficial fascia, adipose tissue and the deep fascia and its relationship with the muscles. It is precise but rewarding work and an important part of your learning that you will need later in the course.

As we dissect, the continuity of the fascia will become appreciable, a fact which is rarely demonstrated in anatomy books, the more you follow it, the more it will reveal regarding its relation to underlying structures.

After lunch we will continue the dissection by removing the deep layer of fascia, which surrounds the muscles. Slowly you will uncover the nerves and vessels that supply these tissues.

In this course you will discover continuity of structures throughout the fascia and determine how structures relate to each other. These new insights will help you to develop complete new theories about how our musculoskeletal system functions. The final part of your dissection of the musculoskeletal system, will involve entering the joints and studying the congruencies and osteology of the related bones and their surfaces.

Course planning

  • 08:30 - 09:00: Registration with coffee and tea
  • 09:00 - 09:15: Introduction


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