School of Medicine

Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy

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This relatively new graduate program accepted its first students in August, 2004. The Program in Clinical Anatomy was created to meet the increasingly critical need for instructors trained to teach the discipline of human anatomy and is designed to train students who are interested in a career teaching human anatomy to students in the health sciences.

The Clinical Anatomy program focuses on clinically-oriented, cadaver-based training in human anatomy necessary to provide the fundamentals needed for teaching the anatomical basis of clinical medicine. Students take core courses in Gross and Developmental Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Histology.

Following completion of their required coursework, students undertake a dissertation research project under the supervision of one of our graduate faculty. Research projects can be tailored to the student's interests but are generally expected to be in the areas of clinical anatomy, comparative anatomy, developmental and cell biology or anatomy education.

Students gain experience in teaching anatomy to students enrolled in a variety of health care professions at different levels by assisting in the teaching programs of the Medical, Dental, Nursing, or Allied Health Schools.



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The cost of living in New Orleans and vicinity is below the national average and considerably less than in many similarly sized metropolitan areas. Limited housing is available in the Residence Hall, an 11-story structure which is connected to the Medical Center via a covered walkway. The Residence Hall provides comfortable, modern living and recreational facilities, including an exercise area and health facility, for approximately 242 students. For information and to receive a  Residence Hall application, contact:

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1900 Perdido Street, Box R2-1
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Reasonably priced apartments can also be found throughout the greater New Orleans area.  The local newspaper, the Times Picayune, and the Gambit Weekly are good resources for apartment hunting.

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We proudly promote Interprofessional Education (IPE) learning and  activities at LSUHSC. IPE occurs when learners from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Our IPE student alliance (IPSA) boasts over one hundred-eighty members (representing all six HSC schools) and five different student led projects.


There are approximately 110 full-time students enrolled in the various basic science departments that comprise the School of Graduate Studies at the LSUHSC.

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New Orleans is a world-renowned cultural center, recognized for outstanding music ranging from jazz to opera, theater, world-class restaurants, and unique festivities such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The historic French Quarter, Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Louisiana Superdome, and a variety of historical and art museums are within minutes of the Health Sciences Center. The subtropical climate permits a variety of year-round outdoor activities. In close proximity are several national parks and wildlife refuges. Gulf Coast beaches are within 90 minutes of downtown.






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LSU Health Sciences Center is part of the Louisiana State University system of colleges and universities. Established in 1860, the main campus is in Baton Rouge. The Medical Center in New Orleans, founded in 1931, comprises the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy occupies facilities in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The Graduate Program in Clinical Anatomy is housed in the Medical Education Building of the Medical School.

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Applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Graduate Program in Clinical Anatomy. Admission is based upon, educational background and experience, undergraduate grade point average (a minimum of 3.0), and three letters of recommendation. The GRE is not required but if scores are available they will be taken into account.  A background in the anatomical sciences is highly recommended.

Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Anatomy
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1901 Perdido Street, Room 6103
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112