Anatomical Education (FIPAE)

Federative International Program for Anatomical Education (FIPAE)

  1. Core Syllabuses Project
  2. Officers and Members

Five-year strategic plan                 


Mission: The mission of the FIPAE is to coordinate and promote the progress of all anatomical sciences education worldwide and improve collaboration, communication, and facilitate the exchange of anatomical education research between members of anatomical societies. FIPAE promotes medical education research and innovations in the anatomy field at the international scientific congresses, symposia, and other meetings of anatomical and morphological sciences.

Vision: To provide and develop the collaborations between anatomical societies worldwide and provide available resources for core syllabuses in anatomy education.




Curriculum/Topics (coordinated by Prof. Stephen McHanwell)

Aim: To advise the anatomy faculty on significant curricular issues regarding instructional quality, curricular changes, reforms and innovations.

Methods: Interface with Core Curriculum committee. Develop on-line resources (links to institutional web sites, published articles) that will provide information regarding anatomical sciences curricula and be accessible to faculty at all career levels.

Education Techniques and Innovations (coordinated by Dr. Natalie Langley)

Aim: To promote innovative educational methods that encourage higher order cognitive thinking skills, increase retention, and enhance learner satisfaction.

Method: Interface with other subcommittees to provide resources for anatomical sciences educators to develop curricula and learning units that are relevant to program and/or institutional outcomes while maximizing the learner’s potential. The committee will compile resources in the following areas:

  • Flipped classroom instruction
  • Small group learning
  • Learner centered education
  • Technology in the anatomy classroom

These resources and appropriate links will be made available on FIPAE website.

Faculty/Faculty development (coordinated by Dr. Jennifer McBride)

Aim: To enhance faculty skills in clinical and classroom teaching, research, leadership and scholarship. Provide opportunities for ongoing, self-directed learning of teaching practice and assessment to improve student learning.

Method: Develop on-line resources accessible to faculty at all career levels. Resources may include information on instructional design, tips on effective teaching strategies, advice on educational scholarship prospects as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.

Core curriculum (coordinated by Prof. Bernard Moxham)

This new subcommittee was approved by the Executive Board at the 2015 IFAA meeting in Istanbul.

Aim: To coordinate and develop a series of international core syllabuses in the anatomical sciences.

Method: Setting up Delphi Panels and coordinating their deliberations. Results of Delphi Panels will be disseminated on the IFAA website. The Chairs of the Delphi Panels that are established will constitute the committee that assesses the responses of stakeholders in the anatomical community to the published results of the panels. The following Delphi Panels (with the Chair’s country) are being explored:

  • Head and Neck Anatomy for the Medical Curriculum (US)
  • Neuroanatomy for the Medical Curriculum (UK)
  • Embryology and Teratology for the Medical Curriculum (West Indies)
  • Histology for the Medical Curriculum (Australia/ France)
  • Abdominal Anatomy for the Medical Curriculum (Australia/South Africa)
  • Thoracic Anatomy for the Medical Curriculum (US)
  • Pelvic and Perineal Anatomy for the Medical Curriculum (Portugal)
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Australia)
  • Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embryology for the Dental Curriculum (UK)
  • Head and Neck Anatomy for the Dental Curriculum (US)
  • Gross Anatomy for Chiropractors (Spain)
  • Neuroanatomy for Chiropractors (Australia/Spain).


FIPAE Membership

Aim: Expand the range of membership of the FIPAE to as many member societies as possible. Establish and develop the participation of young anatomists and graduate/pre-doctoral students in committee work. Expand participation from societies which currently show a low level of participation.

Methods: Active international collaborations between current FIPAE members to identify and recruit interested individuals to work in FIPAE subcommittees. Organize formal and informal meetings of the committee at the anatomy (i.e., AAA, AACA, AS, EACA, etc) and education (i.e., AMEE, APMEC, AAMC, etc.,) annual meetings.


Aim: To increase visibility of FIPAE nationwide.

Method: Encourage and critically discuss new ideas and proposals from members of FIPAE to increase visibility of the committee. Include IFAA/FIPAE information materials in members’ presentations at the scientific congresses, symposia and other meetings of anatomical, education, and morphological sciences worldwide.


Wojciech Pawlina. M.D.

 Chair, FIPAE