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2016 AACA Regional Meeting

October 15, 2016
8:00 AM to 4:15 PM
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University of North Carolina School of Medicine
G-100 Bondurant Hall (ground level), 321 S Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The must attend event for anatomists!

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Check out a pictorial retrospective of our first 24 annual meetings - as collected by Dr. Peter Abrahams.

The American Association of Clinical Anatomists advances the science and art of clinical anatomy.  It encourages research and publication in the field and maintaining high standards in the teaching of anatomy.  Clinical anatomy is defined as anatomy in all its aspects - gross, histologic, developmental and neurologic as applied to clinical practice, the application of anatomic principles to the solution of clinical problems and/or the application of clinical observations to expand anatomic knowledge.  

Typical membership, active or associate (student/intern) in the Association comprises individuals from various backgrounds who have produced a record of research, clinical practice, clinical research, teaching in accredited Colleges and Universities, administrative or other experience in the field.  

Click here to reach a Clinical Anatomy article chronicling the first 5 years of the history of AACA.

  • Want to know what days the various AACA Committee Teleconferences are held each month?  Click here
  • Watch this site for more information as it becomes available for our 34th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 17 - 21, 2017.
  • We still have Acland Inguinal Region DVDs available for purchase.  See typical Bob Acland quality dissections and the clinically-relevant demonstration of this important area of the body.
  • Want to go to the new AACA Membership Database or pay your annual dues?  If so, click here and enter the site by filling in the fields in the middle of the screen.  


The Anatomical Services Committee of the AACA has put together a policy statement on body exhibits as well as a best practices document for running a body donor program.  Check them out on the ASC page of the website.


AACA Featured Member

Robert D. Acland, MBBS, FRCS (1941 – 2016)

Most members will remember Dr. Robert Acland for his superb presentations at the AACA Annual Scientific Sessions over the past twenty years on his pioneering work in the development of highly effective techniques of anatomical videography. Students will know of Dr. Acland for his “Video Atlas of Human Anatomy” series, the fruits of his technical accomplishments. All appreciate and honor his memory as surgeon, anatomist, videographer, and teacher. Attendees at the AACA annual meeting looked forward to Dr. Acland’s presentations as models of professionalism and pursuit of perfection in content and delivery.

Robert Acland began his career as a surgeon after completing his MBBS at London University, internships in the UK and Tanzania, and residencies in plastic surgery (FRCS, Glasgow, and FRCS, London). Dr. Acland was intrigued early in his career by the possibility of micro-methods in reconstructive surgery. He applied his creative skills to developing new instruments and techniques, and wrote a “Practice Manual for Microvascular Surgery,” (1980), such that he is now recognized as one of the founders of the field of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

In 1976, Dr. Acland joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and soon established the Microsurgery Teaching Lab, where he taught microsurgical skills to students, residents and practitioners.  In 1981, he expanded his career into clinical anatomy and championed dissection of fresh and lightly embalmed tissue for teaching. Shortly thereafter he began his work in anatomical videography, and developed techniques to demonstrate 3-D perspectives of anatomical structures, which are highlights of “Acland’s Video Atlas of Anatomy.”

For his accomplishments, Dr. Acland was the AACA’s Honored Member in 2002. He later graciously donated to AACA the rights to sell and retain the proceeds from his video on “The Anatomy of the Inguinal Region.” As Professor Emeritus he continued work on his Atlas, adding sections on the Inner Ear and the Eye.

Robert Acland will be remembered by the AACA as one who helped transform modern anatomy teaching, as a role model to young members, and as a valued colleague, and a true gentleman.

For more information on Dr. Acland click here.