Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector

Carlos A. Suárez-Quian, Ph.D., Georgetown University Medical Center
Carlos A. Suárez-Quian, Ph.D., Georgetown University Medical Center

Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector

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Note: This is a 365-day subscription to the Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector, available at For information about renewing your subscription to the Dissector, call 413-549-4300 or email [email protected].

The study of gross anatomy presents unique challenges: students confront a daunting volume of new and complex information within time constraints for proving their mastery and faculty are charged with delivering high-quality courses in decreased curricular hours. Where can they turn for help? The Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector is an innovative learning tool that addresses the needs of both students and faculty, with proven success.

The Suárez Dissector makes possible the teaching of all anatomy, head-to-toe, in a rigorous yet approachable manner. Several features make it a favorite among students and faculty alike:

  • Over 2,000 original photographs of cadavers (superficial to deep) present a visual in-lab dissection guide, eliminating the need for reading lengthy “how to dissect” descriptions and maximizing dissecting efficiency.
  • 41 dissection videos enable students to envision the dissection ahead of time, making them better prepared for the laboratory.
  • 327 interactive, multi-labeled flash cards are included—at no additional charge—for the students to test and reinforce their knowledge of the material.
  • Its streamlined, modular nature allows faculty to assign the Suárez Dissector as the exclusive laboratory tutorial, or to pick and choose individual sections for self-directed learning of gross anatomy.
  • Its portability makes it ideal for reviewing anatomy from home, from the library, from the cafe—anywhere accessible to the Internet.

The anatomy is presented precisely as a first-year student encounters it, dissects it, and is assessed on it. Concise, interactive dissection instructions promote student initiative to dissect, resulting in more efficient use of time in the laboratories.


After three years of class testing at Georgetown University School of Medicine—both with medical students who have access to cadaveric dissections and with Special Master's students who do not—the results are clear: the Suárez Dissector yields comparable exam scores for both groups. Contact Dr. Suárez-Quian at [email protected] for the assessment data after students used the Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector.

Interactive, Multi-Labeled Flash Cards Increase Retention

Included, at no additional charge, are 300 interactive, multi-labeled flash cards. Using images from the Dissector, Dr. Suárez-Quian has created interactive identification exercises that review the location of important nerves, organs, vessels, muscles, bones, and tissues. Without additional expense, students can prep for course, SHELF, and Board exams. The exercises are located at the end of each module so students can easily navigate between quizzing themselves and referring back to the original material.

ISBN 978-0-87893-605-2, One-year online subscription
(Subsequent one-year renewals may be purchased.)

To request a free trial, or for more information, please contact Linda VandenDolder at [email protected].

Institutional Site License Options

The Suárez Dissector is also available as an institutional site license, under either of the following scenarios.

One-Year Site License Agreement (ISBN 978-0-87893-622-9)
The minimum license allows for up to 20 simultaneous users at a designated campus for a period of 365 days. Additional blocks of 5 users may be added, with the original purchase or at a later date. (Additional users added mid-term will be assessed a prorated fee and expire as of the predetermined site license renewal date.) For more information download the site license agreement [PDF] and the site license fee schedule [PDF].

One-Year Unlimited Institutional Site License Agreement (ISBN 978-0-87893-621-2)
This site license option allows for unlimited users on a single campus for a period of 365 days. For more information download the site license agreement [PDF] and the site license fee schedule [PDF].

Orders for site licenses must include a signed site license agreement, and may be faxed to Linda VandenDolder at (413) 549-1118. Questions may be directed to [email protected].

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Carlos A. Suárez-Quian, Ph.D. is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he has researched and taught gross anatomy since 1987. Dr. Suárez-Quian has directed the first-year Gross Anatomy course in the School of Medicine for the past 10 years, and also teaches the fourth-year elective in Clinical Gross Anatomy. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Zoology, earned his Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Harvard University, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Child Health that focused on the biogenesis of organelles. He studies the role of androgens in spermatogenesis, and has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in his field of study.

Dr. Suárez-Quian is a co-founder of and annual presenter in the Georgetown Medical Center Mini-Medical School program, where he is known to make complex information understandable. This eight-week curriculum, offered to members of the metro Washington community for the past 13 years, presents a variety of topics related to the biomedical sciences and personal health. Dr. Suárez-Quian has received numerous teaching awards, including the Golden Apple and the Geza Illes Award in Gross Anatomy and the Kaiser-Permanente Teaching Award granted by his faculty peers. In May 2008, he was inducted into the MAGIS Society of Master Teachers, the highest award Georgetown bestows on a faculty member at the Medical School.

“Carlos Suàrez-Quian has developed an easily accessible, well-indexed, user-friendly guide to gross anatomy applicable to a wide range of potential users, from first-year medical student to specialty clinician, thereby addressing diverse dlinical needs. … Combining the advantages of static drawings, labeled atlases, and illustrated lectures on dissection, the online dissector is a complete, portable, and self-contained resource for gross anatomy. … Used properly and coupled with cadaver dissection … the online dissector will be a superb learning tool, and there is no reason to use only a printed guide when a convenient and well-presented online source such as this is available.”
—Russell J. Jauta, MD, JAMA

Instructor’s Resource Library (Available to Qualified Adopters)

Available to adopters of the Suárez Dissector, the Instructor's Resource Library includes PowerPoint® versions of all the content available on the website. A PowerPoint presentation is provided for each section of every module, including all text, photographs, and labels. All text is editable within PowerPoint, including the labels and leaders on the photographs, which can be modified and easily removed. The IRL also includes all of the dissection video segments from the website, ready for use in lecture.

In addition, the IRL includes a thorough syllabus document for each module. The syllabus includes the following:

  • Learning objectives for all modules and sections
  • Thorough lists of structures to be identified, by section
  • Dissection notes for each module
  • Sample review questions for each module (multiple choice questions with photos of anatomical structures)

If you have adopted this text for course use (within the U.S. or Canada) and are interested in the instructor’s supplements that accompany the text, please contact [email protected]. Outside the U.S. or Canada? Check the orders and returns page for the distributor in your region.