The Anatomy Academy is an innovative outreach program instituted by LAU’s Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and the Education Department at the School of Arts & Sciences. The Academy serves to share with the community expert knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology and science education as well as state-of-the-art resources. The program is launched by the CME/CPD office of the LAU’s School of Medicine.
The purpose of the academy is to provide practical learning experiences for in-service biology/ science teachers and science coordinators to help them refine and further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to teach anatomy and physiology at the intermediate and secondary levels.
Over the course of three full days, the participants engage in hands-on, authentic learning experiences in the anatomy and physiology labs at LAU’s School of Medicine – using cadavers and virtual reality simulations – that are facilitated by an expert medical doctor and a physiologist. They also have the opportunity to relate their learning experiences to classroom practices guided by a science educator.
The participants will more specifically:
- Refine their knowledge and skills related to the anatomy and physiology of pertinent organized systems of the human body
- Demonstrate the relationship of selected structures on a cadaver
- Relate the anatomy and physiology of selected structures to specific pathology
- Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes for the effective teaching of anatomy and physiology in their classrooms
Why LAU’s Anatomy Academy?
- The Anatomy Academy is a unique experience for participants in terms of exposure to content, access to cutting-edge resources, and interaction with expert faculty from different disciplines.
- LAU’s School of Medicine is one of the first in the region to use simulation as an integral part of teaching and assessment, though its Clinical Simulation Center (CSC).The CSC – considered a national leader in simulation-based education for healthcare students – also provides Continuing Professional Development for healthcare providers and the public.
- The Education Department at the School of Arts & Sciences at LAU aims at preparing professional K-12 teachers who are academically well-grounded in both their subject matter and pedagogy. It also enables experienced educators to update their knowledge and skills. The department’s program in teacher training is recognized in Lebanon and the Arab world.
Who Can Enroll in The Academy?
Intermediate and secondary school science/ biology teachers and science coordinators from public and private schools across Lebanon.
Benefits for the participating schools:
- In-service professional development for their science/ biology teachers and science coordinators
- An enriching hands-on experience for their teachers that will, in turn, enhance the school’s teaching and learning processes
- A certificate as proof of participation
Applications must be submitted online, by July 31, 2019. Acceptance to the Academy is competitive and open to 20 candidates per year. Evaluation of applications will be based on selective criteria, including the candidate’s potential to benefit from the program.