Regional Meetings

 In addition to AACA's Annual Meeting, we are excited to announce that AACA will be holding it's Third regional meeting in the fall of 2017!  The meeting will be held on October 7th, 2017 at AT STILL UNIVERSITY in Mesa, AZ.  

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

The theme for this meeting is: Technological and Pedagogical Advances in Anatomical Sciences Education.

8:00-8:45 AM (Saguaro A&B) Opening Speaker – Dr. David Morton: “Becoming Janus: Ideas for implementing pedagogical innovations

9:00 AM -12:00 PM - Demonstration Activities 

Three repeating Demonstration Activities will be conducted in other breakout rooms.

Demonstration Activities to be repeated every 50 minutes during this block of time will be: 

  • Ultrasound Demonstration (Cholla) - One of the keys to a strong clinical examination and ultrasound imaging skills is a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy.  This presentation will introduce foundational concepts, demonstrate ultrasound imaging, and discuss the value of real-time ultrasound imaging as a teaching tool to enhance learning of anatomy and clinical hands-on skills.
  • Osteopathic Manual Manipulation (OMM) Demonstration (Owl & Javelina) - Visit the lab to learn about how osteopathic medical students and physicians are applying anatomy to treating patients with osteopathic manipulative medicine.  Lead by SOMA's current Osteopathic and Anatomy fellows.
  • Virtual and Wet Anatomy Lab Tours (Virtual - 1st Floor, Wet - 2nd Floor) - Tour the Anatomy facilities on the ATSU, Mesa Campus: this is your opportunity to see the Virtual Anatomy Lab, with 3D projection of anatomic images; also tour the cadaver lab to see down-draft dissection tables, iPela cameras, and touch-screen monitors.

9:00-9:55 AM - Ultrasound, OMM, Anatomy Lab Tour

10:00-10:50 AM - Ultrasound, OMM, Anatomy Lab Tour

11:00-11:50 AM - Ultrasound, OMM, Anatomy Lab Tour

12:00-12:20 PM - Lunch, Group Photograph (Jack and Jaime Learning Center)

12:20-12:50 PM (Jack and Jaime Learning Center) - Lunch and Presentation Group A - Virtual Poster

  • Grace Chang and Samantha Ho:"Effects of IPE on early exposure to clinical experience within ATSU-SOMA's unique curriculum"

12:20-12:50: Lunch and Presentation Group A - E-Poster (Flagstaff)

  • Jake Loitz: "Anatomical and Physiological sciences combined with art provides a unique educational experience.Anatomical and Physiological sciences combined with art provides a unique educational experience." 
  • Lorenzo Sabido: "Spaced education learning modules improve medical student performance on anatomy examinations"
  • Maggie Scribner: "Anatomical variations in renal veins and arteries"
  • Saskia Richter: "Medical Student Perception on Optional Supplemental Instruction in Anatomy Lab"

12:50-1:20 - Lunch and Presentation Group B - E-Poster (Flagstaff)

  • Matthew Chavarria: "Demonstration of the clinical anatomy of a dental induced Ball's palsy using fresh tissue cadavers."
  • Yissela Escobedo: "Understanding the Puzzling Innervation of the Lacrimal Gland"
  • Kevin Steed: "Anatomy Academy: learning while serving or serving while learning? A narrative experience."
  • Charles Finch (Randall Nydam): “Collaborative development of a four-year, integrated, longitudinal ultrasound curriculum at AZCOM"

1:20-1:30 PM - Transition to Afternoon Sessions

1:30-4:20 PM - Demonstration Activities and Concurrent Presentation Sessions

Three repeating Demonstration Activities will be conducted as well as Concurrent Presentation Sessions in other breakout rooms.       

Demonstration Activities to be repeated every 50 minutes during this block of time will be: 

  • CAD/CAM and Digital Dentistry Demonstration (Palo Verde) - Virtual treatment planning utilizing 3D reconstructions of real-time human anatomy is no longer science fiction.  It is being used throughout medicine and dentistry to visualize internal and external anatomy, plan procedures, and design and fabricate custom fit prosthetics from a variety of materials.  At the Arizona School of Dentistry and Orah Health, we use a combination of optical surface scanning technology and 3D computed topography to plan various surgical and restorative procedures as well as fabricate customized surgical guides and permanently fixated prosthetic restorations.  This demonstration will describe some of the didactic and clinical parameters of our virtual treatment planning modules and provide some hands-on examples of the customized prosthetics that are currently being used at ASDOH.
  • 3D Printing Demonstration (Cholla) - will focus on innovative ways to implement technology into curriculum.  The session will include a demonstration followed by a hands-on group activity to develop curricular components to facilitate problem-based, multimodal approaches using a 3D printer.

1:30-2:20 PM - CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, Concurrent Presentations

1:30-1:55 (Saguaro A) - Breakout A: Dr. Ahmed Al-Imam: “The Articular Surfaces of the Proximal Segment Ulna:Morphometry and Inferential Statistics

1:55-2:20 (Saguaro A) - Breakout B: Dr. Inder Makin: “Inter-institutional collaboration for faculty training, integrating ultrasound in medical education”

2:30-3:20 PM - CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, Concurrent Presentations

2:30-2:55 - Break with Vendors

2:55-3:20 (Saguaro A)Breakout A: Dr. Randall Nydam: "Development and Implementation of Hands-On Ultrasound Workshops in an MS1 Clinical Anatomy Course"

3:30-4:20 PM - CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, Concurrent Presentations

3:30-3:55 (Saguaro A)Breakout B - Dr. Jonathan J. Wisco: "The uncertainty principle of self-directed learning and a TA training program in response"

3:55-4:20 - Break with Vendors

4:30-5:15 PM (Saguaro A&B) Closing speaker – Dr. Mindy Motahari: “Interprofessional Education at the schools of A.T. Still University


A.T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206


The call for abstracts is now closed.


Online registration is now open.  Click here for more information about registration and for the link to register.


Vendors - is your company interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring this event?  If so, please find the exhibitor and marketing registration form here.

There are a variety of sponsorship levels for your company to choose from.  Please contact Caitlin Hyatt at or 706-298-0287 to confirm.

Hotel Information

Country Inn & Suites
6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 641-8000

Hampton Inn and Suites
1825 N Highley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 654-4000

Residence Inn 
3021 E Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 699-4450

La Quinta Inn
6530 E Superstition Springs Blvd
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 654-1970