Anatomy and Physical Exam of the Upper Extremity:

A Cadaver Based Review Course for Health Professionals

Key Information



  • 9:00- 9:15 Welcome, sign-in and Introduction
  • 9:15- 9:45 Review of bones, joints, muscles, neurovascular
  • 9:45- 10:45 Lab- Cadaveric specimen review, surface anatomy lab
  • 10:45- 11:45 Physical exam lab
  • 11:45-12:30 Surgical/dissection demonstration on an unembalmed cadaver, Q and A
  • 12:30-12:45 Discussion, wrap-up

Center for Clinical Science
Research (CCSR), Room 0240
269 Campus Drive
Stanford University

limited to 10

.4 CEU 


Join us in the division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford for a hands-on cadaver based review of the upper extremity and a manual skills lab. In this unique course, you’ll have the opportunity to solidify your anatomy knowledge, as well as practice and improve your orthopedics exam skills. The course will culminate with a dissection/surgical demonstration of an unembalmed cadaver to show various joint and soft tissue structures not well visualized in cadaveric specimens.   

Ideal Participants

  • PTs, PTAs, OTs, and PAs interested in advancing their practice, or for those thinking about transitioning into the orthopedic setting.

Course Description & Teaching Methods

  • • Session will include instructor lead anatomy review of the upper limb, followed by an interactive surface anatomy and physical exam lab.
  • • Participants will have the opportunity to study and handle specimens during the cadaver lab session and practice exam skills with other participants.
  • • Prosected specimens, models, lecture material/handouts and demonstrations will be primary teaching/learning tools.

        Treatment techniques will not be covered in this course. Emphasis will be on shoulder, elbow and wrist.


  •         • Evidence of professional license
  •         • Clothing- Please wear appropriate clothing to expose your shoulder, elbow and wrist for the surface anatomy and manual skills lab. You will work in pairs or small groups to practice your skills.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  •         • Identify anatomical structures related to the upper limb using cadaveric specimens and surface anatomy.
  •         • Perform a general manual exam of the upper limb.


Beth Habelow PT, DPT, Lecturer, Stanford School of Medicine, Division of Clinical Anatomy

Sakti Srivastava, MMBS, MS, Associate Professor, Surgery; Division Chief, Clinical Anatomy; Co-Director, Goodman Simulation Center; Director, BioSkills Lab, Stanford

Bill Seringer, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS