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Gross Dissection and Kinesiology of the Upper Extremity

July 10 - 13, 2013
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Course description

gross anatomy pictureThis course consists of an intensive four-day anatomical dissection and kinesiological review. Even-year summers focus on the lower extremity, and odd-year summers focus on the upper extremity. The primary purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with a solid anatomical and kinesiologic basis for understanding normal and abnormal function of the musculoskeletal system. This information is essential for the development of effective treatment programs.

Breakfast and lunch included in registration fee.


Course objectives participants will learn

Who should attend

This course is designed for medical and/or health professionals who wish to integrate their own clinical experience with the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology. We feel that a first-hand view of the structure of the musculoskeletal system is a valuable experience for the clinician who treats and/or educates patients with limb dysfunction. This course is especially relevant to physical/occupational therapists, assistants, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The encompassing functional nature of the course will provide clinical relevance to anyone who treats the upper limb of patients with orthopedic or non-orthopedic disability. For more information on course content, call Dr. Don Neumann, Course Director, at 414-288-3319.

Course schedule and content

Check-in for course 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 10 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Thursday, July 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 12 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 13 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)



Donald A. Neumann, Ph. D., P.T., Course Director, will be responsible for the kinesiology lectures, and is a laboratory faculty for the dissections. Dr. Neumann received a B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Florida. After several years of practice and teaching in the area of rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury, Dr. Neumann received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. In 1986, he joined Marquette University where he is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Don has received multiple awards from the American Physical Therapy Association that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research efforts, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2008. Dr. Neumann received a Teacher of the Year Award at Marquette University, and was named Wisconsin's College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Neumann has received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Lithuania, Hungary, and most recently in 2010, Japan. He is the author of Human Kinesiology: Foundations for Rehabilitation, published by Elsevier, 2010, and co-author of Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Elsevier, 2009. Donald is an Associate Editor of JOSPT.

Gregory Rajala, Ph.D., P.T., will be coordinating the classroom anatomical instruction and will serve as a laboratory faculty member for the dissections. Dr. Rajala received a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado in 1972, a Ph.D. in anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1976, and a B.S. in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1988. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anatomy in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University and is an adjunct faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He has taught medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant students and medical residents since 1976. Dr. Rajala has been active in research involving normal and abnormal development of the cardiovascular system and muscle performance in highly trained athletes. He is a former member of the U.S. Speed Skating Sports Medicine Team.

Guy G. Simoneau, Ph.D., P.T., A.T.C., will be leading the gross dissection component of the course. Dr. Simoneau received his B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Montreal, his M.S. in sports medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor at Marquette University, teaching orthopedics in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Simoneau has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards including the 2004 Chattanooga Research Award presented by the APTA, the 2003 Dorothy E. Baethke - Eleanor Carlin Award for excellence in academic teaching presented by the APTA, and the 2001 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence presented by Marquette University. Dr. Simoneau is the author of a number of research articles and book chapters related to orthopedic physical therapy and biomechanics. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Arthritis Foundation. Guy is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Tuition: $725 - past registrants, graduates of MU, and/or clinicians who work in settings which have a contractual agreement with MU to provide clinical education may enroll for $665.

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(tuition includes the 4 day course, all course materials including handouts, use of dissection tools, aprons, cadaver, anatomy and dissection texts, breaks and lunch.)

Please bring clothes and shoes appropriate for dissection.

Credit: 26 continuing education units BOC Logo(CEU) will be awarded for successful completion of this course. This course is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. and WPTA.

For more information about:

Course logistics or general information, contact: Carol Trecek at (414) 288-3093 or

Course content, contact Dr. Don Neumann at (414) 288-3319 or

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