Gross Dissection and Kinesiology of the Upper Extremity

Course Description

Gross Anatomy

This course consists of an intensive four-day anatomical dissection and kinesiological review. Even-year summers focus on the lower extremity, and odd-year summers focus on the upper extremity. The primary purpose of this course is to provide clinicians 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.

Breakfast and lunch included in registration fee.

Please note: Dr. Greg Rajala has announced his plans to retire from MU in the next few years. While it is possible the summer course will continue with Greg Rajala and Don Neumann maintaining their current roles for the 2019 course, 2017 is the last Gross Dissection & Kinesiology of the Upper Extremity program that we can confirm with these presenters. Do not miss your opportunity to participate with and learn from these well respected and knowledgeable faculty!

Course Objectives

  • Perform a complete dissection of the upper extremity, including the scapula and adjacent spinal regions, arm, forearm and hand.
  • Understand the general topography, detailed attachments, innervation of all the muscles of the upper limb.
  • Understand the anatomical relationship between fascial planes.
  • Be able to trace the blood supply and afferent innervation throughout the upper limb.
  • Understand the relationship between the structure and function of every joint of the upper 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 generally designed for medical, health, or sports-related 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, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The encompassing functional nature of the course will provide clinical relevance to anyone who treats the upper 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 12

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

  • Introduction and Welcome (Rm # 356; Schroeder Complex)
  • Morning Lecture Session
    Anatomy: pectoral region and superficial back
    Anatomy: axilla and brachial plexis
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Pectoral region, superficial back, and axilla

Thursday, July 13 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: deltoid and brachial region
    Kinesiology: shoulder region
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Brachial plexus, deltoid and forearm region

Friday, July 14 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: flexors and extensors of forearm
    Kinesiology: elbow/forearm region
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Complete forearm region; begin wrist and hand

Saturday, July 15 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

  • Morning Lecture Session: Rm # 356 (Schroeder Complex)
    Anatomy: wrist and hand
    Kinesiology: wrist and hand
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Dissection Session: Dissection laboratory (Rm 050; Basement of Schroeder Complex)
    Wrist and hand
    Wrap-up, course conclusion and evaluation


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 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 awards including the 2004 Chattanooga Research Award presented by the APTA, the 2016 Stanley Paris Distinguished Service award, 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 of Special Issues of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal in 2014.

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 service 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, 2009. Donald was Associate Editor of JOSPT from 2002-2015.

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.

Jon Marion, OTR, CHT will be serving as a laboratory faculty member for Anatomical Dissections. He has been serving in this capacity since 1996. Mr. Marion received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1987. He became certified in hand therapy in 1993. For the past 27 years, Mr. Marion has worked extensively with the hand and upper extremity surgeons at the Marshfield Clinic, providing and coordinating care for patients with upper extremity injuries in both hospital and outpatient settings. In addition to his clinical experience, he has previous numerous cadaveric dissection in-services throughout the years to regional OT and PT staff. Mr. Marion is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and has authored or co-authored articles in the Am Journal of Arthroscopy, OT Week, OT Advance and the Medical Problems of Performing Arts Journal.