Doctor of Physical Therapy students publish articles on anatomical variations
Carleigh High, Chris Scott, Kellie Ruffer and Chris Antonelli and Joanna Bayliss along with Professor Janet M. Cope recently published manuscripts in the International Journal of Anatomical Variations.
Students in Elon's Doctor of Physical Therapy program working in collaboration with Janet Cope, professor of physical therapy education, have published manuscripts in the International Journal of Anatomical Variations.
DPT students taking Human Anatomy I & II learn the anatomy firsthand from human donors. Throughout the anatomy dissection process students observe the similarities and the subtle differences that make each of person who they are.
Understanding the clinical relevance of variations in the anatomy is an essential component of the learning that goes on in the anatomy laboratory. When students find an anatomical variation, they are both excited and inquisitive, wondering what impact this may have had on the person in life. In the context of the DPT human anatomy curriculum, students research variations they discover and if they are not documented, are asked to submit a manuscript.
Recently DPT students identified a renal artery and a forearm muscle variation in two human donors and published these clinically relevant findings in the International Journal of Anatomical Variations. The manuscripts are:
- High C, Scott C, Ruffer K, Antonelli C, Cope JM, Bilateral Duplicitous Renal Vasculature. IJAV; 2016;9: 67-69 at https://www.pulsus.com/scholarly-articles/bilateral-duplicitous-renal-vasculature.html
- Bayliss J, Cope JM. A problematic variation of the palmaris profundus muscle. IJAV; 2016; 9:73-75 at https://www.pulsus.com/scholarly-articles/a-problematic-variation-of-the-palmaris-profundus-muscle.pdf