the thirtieth annual Gross Dissection and Kinesiology course of the Lower Extremity

July 11 - 14, 2018
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

This course has reached its registration capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Nicole Schickowski at or 414-288-3093.

Note: Although the current faculty may be involved in future dissection courses, their role and participation is uncertain at this time.

Course Description

Gross Anatomy

This course consists of an intensive four-day anatomical dissection and kinesiological review of the lower extremity. The primary purpose of this course is to provide clinician with a solid anatomical and kinesiologic basis for understanding normal and abnormal function of the musculoskeletal system. This information is essential for the development of effective treatment programs.

Each participant will work in pairs and will be allotted four afternoons to perform a complete dissection on one side of an embalmed human cadaver. The 15-hour dissection will include all regions from the hip to the distal joints of the foot. The faculty are experienced physical therapists who are also qualified anatomists and instructors. Specific joint dissections and prosections will also be included in the program. The dissection will be supplemented by four morning sessions of anatomical and kinesiological lecture enriched with slides, kinesiologic models, and video presentations.

Course Objectives

  • Perform a complete dissection of the lower extremity.
  • Understand the general topography, detailed attachments, innervation of all the muscles of the lower limb.
  • Understand the anatomical relationship between fascial planes.
  • Be able to trace the blood supply and afferent innervation throughout the lower limb.
  • Understand the relationship between the structure and function of every joint of the lower extremity.
  • Cite the major muscle drive and arthrokinematic pattern of movement unique to each joint.
  • Understand the kinesiologic synergies which exist between muscle and joint systems that provide for normal and pathological motion.
  • Be able to integrate concepts of kinesiology into clinical practice.

Who should attend

This course is designed for medical and/or health professionals who wish to integrate their own clinical experience with the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology. We feel that a first-hand view of the structure of the musculoskeletal system is a valuable experience for the clinician who treats and/or educates patients with limb dysfunction. This course is especially relevant to physical/occupational therapists, assistants, medical residents, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and massage therapists. The encompassing functional nature of the course will provide clinical relevance to anyone who treats the lower limb of patients with orthopedic or non-orthopedic disability. For more information on course content, call Dr. Don Neumann, Course Director, at 414-288-3319.

Course schedule and content

Check-in for course 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 11 (8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.)

  • Introduction and Welcome (Rm # 356; Schroeder Complex)
  • Morning Lecture Session
    Anatomy: anterior abdominal wall, hip flexors, lumbar-sacral plexus
    Anatomy: gluteal region
    Kinesiology: hip joint arthrology
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Anterior abdominal wall, hip flexors, lumbar-sacral plexus, gluteal region

Thursday, July 12 (8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: anterior, medial, and posterior thigh region
    Kinesiology: hip
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Anterior, medial and posterior thigh region
    Dissection of the hip joint

Friday, July 13 (8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: leg and popliteal fossa
    Kinesiology: knee
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Entire leg region; knee joint dissection

Saturday, July 14 (8:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: ankle and foot
    Kinesiology: ankle and foot
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Foot and ankle dissection; specific joint dissections
    Wrap-up, course conclusion and evaluation
    4:00 PM: Course adjourned


Donald Neumann

Donald A. Neumann, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA Course Director, will be responsible for the kinesiology lectures, and is a laboratory faculty for the dissections. Dr. Neumann received a B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Florida. After several years of practice and teaching in the area of rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury, Dr. Neumann received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. In 1986, he joined Marquette University where he is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Don has received multiple awards from the American Physical Therapy Association that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research efforts, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2008. Dr. Neumann received a Teacher of the Year Award at Marquette University, and was named Wisconsin's College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Neumann has received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Lithuania, Hungary, and Japan. He is the author of Human Kinesiology: Foundations for Rehabilitation, published by Elsevier, 2017, and co-author of Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Elsevier, 2014. Donald served as an Associate Editor of JOSPT from 2002-2015.

Gregory Rajala, Ph.D., P.T.

Gregory Rajala, Ph.D., P.T., will be coordinating the classroom anatomical instruction and will serve as a laboratory faculty member for the dissections. Dr. Rajala received a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado in 1972, a Ph.D. in anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1976, and a B.S. in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1988. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anatomy in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University and is an adjunct faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has taught medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant students and medical residents since 1976. Dr. Rajala has been active in research involving normal and abnormal development of the cardiovascular system and muscle performance in highly trained athletes. He is a former member of the U.S. Speed Skating Sports Medicine Team.

Guy Simoneau, Ph.D. PT, ATCGuy G. Simoneau, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA will be leading the gross dissection component of the course. Dr. Simoneau received his B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Montreal, his M.S. in sports medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Professor at Marquette University, teaching orthopedics in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Simoneau has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards including the 2004 Chattanooga Research Award presented by the APTA, the 2003 Dorothy E. Baethke - Eleanor Carlin Award for excellence in academic teaching presented by the APTA, and the 2001 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence presented by Marquette University. Dr. Simoneau is the author of a number of research articles and book chapters related to orthopedic physical therapy and biomechanics. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Arthritis Foundation. Guy is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Paul-Neil Czujko, PT, DPT, OCS

Paul-Neil Czujko, PT, DPT, OCS received his BS degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1995. He began his career at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan where he gained acute care/medical surgical experience. His strong interest in orthopedics earned him a position of senior therapist in the out-patient department. He also spent a year in the hand clinic, which fueled an interest in hand therapy. Having served as an in-service coordinator and leader of out-patient study groups, Paul-Neil has always had a strong desire to teach. He joined Stony Brook's Physical Therapy Program as an adjunct professor in 2004, and joined the faculty in 2010 as one of the Directors of Clinical Education. Paul-Neil teaches Kinesiology, a first year foundational course, and Orthopedics I and II, second year courses in the Entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. He also participates in Case Studies I and II, case-based learning experiences after the first and second semesters of didactic work. Paul-Neil has extensive clinical experience providing physical therapy services in the private practice, out-patient setting. He is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, as well as a Certified Hand Therapist through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Areas of interest include kinesiology, manual physical therapy, and sports medicine. Being an avid runner, Paul-Neil’s current research area of interest is barefoot and minimalist running and is currently studying this area as part of his PhD work through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Paul-Neil first attended this course in 2006 and has been a lab assistant since 2008.

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  • Tuition: $735 - past registrants, graduates of MU, and/or clinicians who work in settings which have a contractual agreement with MU to provide clinical education may enroll for $655.
  • (Tuition includes the 4 day course, all course materials including handouts, use of dissection tools, aprons, cadaver, anatomy and dissection texts, breaks and lunch.)
  • Credit: 26 continuing education units (CEU) will be awarded for successful completion of this course. This course is approved by WPTA.
  • For more information about:
  • Course logistics or general information:
    Carol Trecek
    (414) 288-3093
  • Course content:
    Dr. Don Neumann
    (414) 288-3319
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