Computer-Based Dissection Manual (CBDM) of the Upper Extremity

Publication ID Published Version
9065 January 3, 2012 1


This resource is an online Computer-Based Dissection Manual (CBDM) of the Upper Extremity directed toward first year medical, dental or other students taking human gross anatomy courses with a dissection laboratory component. The CBDM provides a resource to guide students through the requisite steps of each dissection module, and serves as a powerful tool for independent study and review. The purpose of creating the CBDM was to increase the efficiency of dissection in the gross anatomy laboratory, improve dissection techniques, and stimulate active, self-directed learning. The content is presented in a series of labeled digital images of the upper extremity dissection along with the written dissection instruction. The material is arranged in seven sections:

  1. Scapular Region

  2. Pectoral Region and Axilla

  3. Axilla- Arteries and Nerves

  4. Anterior and Posterior Arm

  5. Cubital Fossa and Forearm Flexors

  6. Extensors of the Forearm and Dorsum of the Hand

  7. The Palm of the Hand

Each section contains multiple steps required to complete the dissection module.

The program is menu-driven, allows for viewing of the entire content in sequence, or, selected sections or steps in any order. The CBDM is intended as an anatomy laboratory visual guide, which might be used as a supplement to a cadaver dissection manual.


Kraszpulska B, Ritterhoff K, Gainor R. Computer-Based Dissection Manual (CBDM) of the Upper Extremity. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:​publication/​9065​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9065

Educational Objectives

  1. To understand the approach to the assigned dissection.
  2. To learn the basic anatomy of the Upper Extremity.
  3. To help students visualize step by step dissection procedure.
  4. To review dissected structures after each session.
  5. To provide unlimited access to the “prosection” material outside of the anatomy lab.


  • Upper Extremity (MeSH), Computer-Assisted Instruction (MeSH), Cadaver Dissection


  • Knowledge for Practice

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Tutorial

Organ Systems

  • Musculoskeletal system

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student


  • Image
  • Lab Guide

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