High School Students Have Opportunity to Learn Anatomy at LMU

Knox County High School students in the anatomy lab at LMU-Knoxville.

Knoxville and Harrogate area high school students interested in health science professions can get a head start on their career through a new dual enrollment anatomy course at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).

The course launched in Fall 2020 as a pilot program with 44 students from Farragut, Bearden and Hardin Valley high schools in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as Middlesboro High School in Middlesboro, Kentucky and Harlan County High School in Harlan, Kentucky. The curriculum covers gross anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The students meet virtually two times a week for lectures and attend an in-person two-hour lab per week. The lab component of the course parallels and reinforces lecture concepts using prosected cadavers.


“This course promotes confidence in anatomy as well as introduces the high school students to the gross anatomy lab,” said Stacy Chelf, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy at LMU-School of Medical Sciences.  “Because this course is taught in the medical school model by experienced medical school faculty, it provides an excellent introduction to the clinical relevance of anatomy.”


Students will learn the names, functions and concepts of anatomical structures to help them succeed in a college program. The course will help students understand the broad view of how anatomic systems work together and apply clinical relevance of anatomic structure.


Chelf who oversees the pilot program and teaches anatomy at the LMU-Knoxville campus, received her PhD in Anatomical Education through LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.


“For me, the best part is the students. They are curious, excited to learn, and wonderful to work with in the lab,” said Chelf. “It’s always exciting when I get to be part of that ‘aha moment’ with one of my students. I look forward to teaching them again when they become part of another one of the many programs offered at LMU.”


Students in the anatomy labThe program offers an advantage to students considering one of the many health professions programs at LMU including osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant. The course is free, but students will need to purchase the book and scrubs. Students must apply and be accepted through LMU to earn college credit for the class. Students must have completed high school anatomy and physiology to be enrolled. 


LMU is expanding the program to all of Knox County for the spring semester. Students will attend a virtual class and have one in-person lab per week at the LMU-Knoxville location of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also offers the program at the main campus in Harrogate. That program is open to high school students in Lee County, Virginia, Bell County, Kentucky, Harlan County, Kentucky, Campbell County, Tennessee and Claiborne County, Tennessee. The deadline to enroll is January 1, 2021. Students who are interested should contact Lindsay Haywood, LMU director of enrollment services, by sending an email to [email protected]


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often-underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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