Frequently Asked Questions

What is the total length of the course?

The course is 70 lab hours.              

How do I implement the content into my practice?

Every student will implement the Experience into their practice differently.  Some students report an increased awareness in their palpation skills while others have reported an increased ability to think in relational anatomy i.e. what other structure could a symptom be coming from based on the anatomic relationship?

Interaction with fellow colleagues as well as with the faculty, who are also active practitioners, allows each student to implement their renewed anatomical appreciation in a unique way.

What is the cost of the course?

Full tuition for the course, which includes 7 nights’ accommodation, is $5,000.  Early bird registration before July 1, 2017 is $4,500.   Students returning for their second Experience receive 10% off, while students returning for a 3rd or more Experience receive 20% off.

Will I get a reference manual?

Yes – a digital manual is created from the students dissections.  Students are also granted access to the Scalable Gross Anatomy and Histology Catalogue, a Queen’s University digital reference.

How do I get to Kingston?

You can get to Kingston via trains, planes and automobiles.  VIA Rail offers service to Kingston, various airlines offer service to the Norman Rogers airport in Kingston and Highway 401 is immediately North of the city.

Can I opt out of the hotel?

Yes – You can opt out of the hotel; contact Craig Harness MSc, DO(Q) for details.  Please keep in mind Kingston Ontario is a very busy place in August and accommodations can be hard to come by, especially those that are walkable to both the Queen’s University campus and downtown area.  This year the CAM – HD Experience has opted to obtain space at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston (www.fourpointskingston.com) to ease the process of obtaining hotel rooms. 

How do I prepare for the course?

Since all the participants partaking in the CAM – HD Experience are practicing professionals, a certain level of background is assumed. The first part of the curriculum is topography and palpation, followed by the removal of skin and superficial fascia layers.  Once the specimen has been denuded of these layers the open curriculum part of the course begins.

In terms of personal preparation the most important preparation for the CAM – HD Experience is an open mind to create a dissection process that will allow each student to appreciate various aspects of human anatomy as they apply to clinical treatment within the CAM streams.  In other words try to think of how you can dissect the various structures you are especially interested in.  The faculty of the CAM – HD Experience are more than willing to assist you in this process.  Do not hesitate to contact us via email camhde@queensu.ca with your questions.

I have never dissected before, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. All of the skills needed to safely complete the dissection are developed during the first part of the course.  The faculty is always more than willing to assist you in completing more technically challenging dissections.

Do I get a receipt that I can use for continuing education?

The CAM – HD Experience provides you proof of both payment and attendance at a 70 hour human anatomy dissection course.  Please check with your professional organization for eligibility. 

Is financial aid available?

There is no direct financial aid available.  Payment plans can be arranged by contacting Craig Harness MSc, DO(Q) at camde@queensu.ca.  There is potential, depending on the type of practitioner as well as their location, to apply for the “Allied Health Professions Development Fund”.  For more information and how to apply for this funding please consult http://www.ahpdf.ca.  Determining eligibility as well as applying for this fund is the responsibility of the student.

Does the lab smell?

Definitely not in the way many practitioners remember their undergraduate anatomy lab.  The main dissection lab is extraordinarily ventilated as is each dissection table.  The specimens used by the CAM – HD Experience are soft embalmed which uses almost no formaldehyde, the chemical which produces that stereotypical “anatomy lab smell”.

Can I choose a male or female cadaver?

There is no guarantee of the sex of the specimen.  That being said, we will do our best to accommodate your preference.

What is a soft embalmed cadaver?

Formalin fixed cadavers have been used in medical education for more than a century with the advantage of being totally fixed and extremely resistant to deterioration.  The downside is all of the connective tissues become bound down and together, the joints become almost immobile, the glandular organs become rigid, and the brain becomes equally solid.  Our soft embalming solution uses only very small amounts of formaldehyde which allows the connective tissues to remain very liquid, the joints to retain their natural range of motion, and the organs and brain to remain supple.  Soft embalmed cadavers resemble fresh tissue as closely as possible while maintaining the advantages of a chemically treated body.

Don’t see your question here?

Please feel free to contact us as camhde@queensu.ca with any questions you may have.