This class, delivered as a three-day intensive course combining in-class discussion, dissection and palpation presents a rare opportunity to go beyond what you learned in anatomy books. This class will be held at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Denver, ColoradoT, which will give optimal opportunity for the perfect cooperative, interactive learning experience. This unique workshop is available only to qualified health professionals. Because part of the course will involve external and internal palpation of live subjects, only professionals who are licensed to do these exams will be included in the class.

The aim of the course is to give the participants a deeper understanding of the pelvis and its structures, a stronger base on which to develop enhanced internal and external palpation skills, and to challenge previously held ideas about pelvic function and dysfunction.

Course Objectives

- Demonstrate proper identification of at least ten muscles in the pelvis, hips, abdomen and upper thigh.

- Perform specific internal palpation of seven structures of the pelvis and describe the palpation in relation to relevant landmarks.

- Perform external palpation of three key structures in the pelvic region and describe these in relation to surrounding structures (skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, vessels or organs).

- Discuss two characteristics of fascia in relation to muscles, and implications for palpation.

- Discuss six structural components of the anatomical relationship of the pelvis to the rest of the body.

- Discuss three potential implications of the anatomical relationships of the pelvic for function and for clinical practice.

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1

08:30 - 09:00   Introduction - Course and participants
09:00 - 10:00   Theory - The pelvis, current practice
10:00 - 10:15   Questions & Answers
10:00 - 10:45   Dissection - technique and safety
10:45 - 12:30   Dissection (skin, superficial fascia, deep fascia)
12:30 - 01:30   Lunch 
01:30 - 04:15   Dissection cont.   
04:15 - 05:00   Critical discussion - the pelvis, current practice  

Day 2

08:30 - 09:30   Theory: Palpation & touch
09:30 - 10:30   Dissection (muscles)
10:30 - 10:45   Questions & Answers
10:45 - 12:30   Dissection cont. 
12:30 - 01:30   Lunch
01:30 - 03:00   Dissection cont. 
03:00 - 04:15   Practical: External palpation 
04:15 - 05:00   Critical discussion: palpation & touch 

Day 3

08:30 - 09:30   Theory - Pelvic function, internal assessment
09:30 - 10:30   Dissection - pelvic floor, organs
10:30 - 10:45   Questions & Answers 
10:45 - 12:30   Dissection cont. 
12:30 - 01:30   Lunch 
01:30 - 02:45   Practical: Internal palpation 
02:45 - 03:30   Critical discussion - pelvic function, internal assessment 
03:30 - 04:30   Quiz and Practical Competency Check 
04:30 - 05:00   Course Evaluation 


Participants must be licensed to perform external and internal palpation because part of the course will involve working with live subjects (each other) in the class.

Who Should Attend

Physical therapists
Physician Assistants
Nurse practitioners