Graduate Program in Clinical Anatomy

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Current Graduate Students

Students currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Clinical Anatomy include:

Michael R. Brown

Michael R. Brown

  • Hometown: Clinton, MS
  • Year in Program: First Year
  • Previous Education: BA in Urban Studies, Stanford University; Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Mentor/Advisor: Andrew Notebaert, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: N/A
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: N/A
  • Teaching Assignment: N/A
  • Desired Career: Teaching anatomy at a health care institution while enhancing knowledge and patient outcomes through research.
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Oheneba Anyani-Boadum

  • Hometown: Accra, Ghana
  • Degree: BS, Medical Science, University of Ghana; MBChB, University of Ghana Medical School; MS, Biomedical Science, University of the West of England
  • Year in program: First year
  • Research project or dissertation research: N/A
  • Research mentor: N/A
  • Teaching assignment: N/A
  • Desired career: Clinical Anatomy Professor
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Casey M. Boothe

  • Hometown: Madison, MS
  • Year in Program: Third Year
  • Previous Education: BS in Biology, Mississippi State University
  • Mentor/Advisor: Audra Schaefer, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Determining the Impact of Implementing Time Management Techniques and Study Strategies on Students’ Self-Regulation and Course Outcomes in the MS-BMS Program
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: Investigating students’ chosen study strategies and time management techniques in the Master’s gross anatomy and histology courses and seeking to improve their study methods through the use of self-study modules that introduce students to research-supported study / time management strategies
  • Desired Career: Anatomy and / or histology educator for graduate and medical students

Marli C. CrabtreeMarli C. Crabtree

  • Hometown: Pennington Gap, VA
  • Year in Program: First Year
  • Previous Education: BS in Health Sciences, James Madison University; MS in Anatomy Education, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Mentor/Advisor: N/A
  • Dissertation Title: N/A
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: N/A
  • Teaching Assignment: N/A
  • Desired Career: Teaching gross anatomy and embryology at a medical institution.

Shannon Curran.jpgShannon N. Curran

  • Hometown: Sandpoint, ID
  • Year in Program: Third Year
  • Previous Education: BS in Genetics, University of California-Davis; MS in Modern Human Anatomy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Mentor/Advisor: Audra Schaefer, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Use and Educator Perspectives of Prosection-Based Activities in Anatomy Education: What are you doing and how do you feel about it?
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: Qualitative study following a phenomenologic theoretical framework describing educator uses and perceptions of prosection use in anatomy education.
  • Teaching Assignment: ANAT 767 Fundamental Histology and Cell Biology
  • Desired Career: Teaching anatomical sciences in higher education at an education focused institution.

Andrew FerribyAndrew C. Ferriby

  • Hometown: Troy, MI
  • Year in Program: Fourth Year
  • Previous Education: B.S. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Mentor/Advisor: Audra Schaefer, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Threshold Concepts in Undergraduate Medical Education for Understanding the Structure and Function of the Human Body for the Practice of Medicine: Student Perspectives
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: Qualitative investigation, utilizing focus groups, establishing the scientific themes that medical students identify as potential threshold concepts for understanding how the human body is structured and functions. Additional comparisons between pre-clinical and clinical year student responses will reveal how/if student perspectives of threshold concepts change throughout the medical school experience.
  • Teaching Assignment: ID 767- Fundamental Histology and Cell Biology
  • Desired Career: Anatomical sciences teaching faculty for medical, dental, and/or graduate students. Continue research and mentor future anatomy doctoral student.

Kayla V. PavlickKayla Pavlick

  • Hometown: New Albany, MS
  • Year in Program: Second Year
  • Previous Education: BS in Biology, Millsaps College; MS in Biology, Idaho State University
  • Mentor/Advisor: Andrew Notebaert, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Factors Contributing to Cognitive Enhancement and Psychostimulant Medication Use Among First Year Medical and Dental Students
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: Investigation of curricular (e.g. traditional versus integrated) and non-curricular (e.g. nicotine) factors that influence the prevalence of non-prescription cognitive enhancement medication use and perceived level of stress among first year medical and dental students across the United States.
  • Teaching Assignment: ANAT 611/711 Medical Gross and Developmental Anatomy
  • Desired Career: Teaching neuroanatomy in a medical institution while improving the field of medical education through research

Kathryn VeazeyKathryn R. Veazey

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Year in Program: Third Year
  • Previous Education: BS in Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University; MS in Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Mentor/Advisor: Ellen Robertson, PhD, OTR/L
  • Dissertation Title: Clinical Communication Skills in Medical Students: Influences, Attitudes, and Evolution
  • Brief Description of Dissertation Work: Identify the factors that influence how medical students believe they gain clinical communication skills and how those factors evolve over the course of the medical school experience in order to provide insight, inform curricular changes, and improve patient-centered care
  • Teaching Assignment: DENT 601: Human Microanatomy for Dental Students
  • Desired Career: Anatomy educator at professional health institution, focusing on neuroanatomy, gross anatomy, and embryology