Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Western University of Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Terminology

Anatomical terminology is the language of medicine. During the past 30 years, a strong push was put forward to standardize anatomical terminology and eliminate anatomical eponyms associated with structures, clinicians and procedures. Essentially, the new terminology was taught during an 11 week accelerated anatomy course as a first year student/trainee. During the remaining 4 years of medical school, student/trainees are exposed to a mixture of current nomenclature and anatomical eponyms that have stood the test of time from all the specialties. The anatomy faculty at COMP will integrate both current terminology and the most common eponyms used in North America. This will enable student/trainees to be familiar with anatomy terminology used in clinics, surgery and literature. We have placed links to provide further insight regarding terminology.