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Table 1 Objectives of the spine integrated cadaveric-virtual dissection laboratory. The virtual dissection component of the labs aimed to show students anatomy that was challenging to expose in the cadaver to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience

From: Integrated virtual and cadaveric dissection laboratories enhance first year medical students’ anatomy experience: a pilot study

  Cadaveric Dissection Virtual Dissection
Technique Cadaver prone, laminectomy dissection Bone windows, whole skeleton included on single CT image
Main objectives Identify the key bony and ligamentous landmarks of the spine
Describe how the anatomy of the spine contributes to its biomechanics
Detailed objectives Identify the three meninges
Identify parts of a typical spinal nerve
Describe how a spinal nerve exits the vertebral column
Describe how cranial and spinal nerves are named
Identify the bony anatomy of the craniocervical junction
Describe the relationship between the dens and the skull base
Describe the unique anatomic features of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae