GAPP Workshop 2023


The GAPP (Gross Anatomy Pre-Matriculation Preparation) Workshop is a summer workshop that prepares future physical therapy, physician assistant, medical, and dental students for the pace, content, and volume of a health professional gross anatomy course.


  • Open to students who have been accepted to, but not yet entered, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medical, or Dental School. Documentation of acceptance is required.
  • Preference will be granted to pre-physical therapy students accepted to UMES.
  • A maximum of 32 students will be accepted.


  • Experience the principal methods by which gross anatomy is taught in most health professional curricula.
  • Study the anatomical structure and function of the thorax and lower extremity through lecture, readings, dissection of a cadaver, and the utilization of models, skeletal materials, and videos. Pre-dental students will have the option of studying the face, parotid and temporal regions of the skull instead of the thorax.
  • Learn and apply effective and productive study skills and learning methods. A brief discussion of learning and teaching styles will be presented. This will include discussion of study/learning resources, disarticulated skeletons, flash cards, coloring books, and how to use the textbook and atlases.
  • Experience typical oral and written quizzes and written and practical examinations on the subject matter.


  • Cindy Holder Gill, PT, DScPT, MEd
    • Dr. Gill, the Gross Anatomy Laboratory Director,  coordinates and teaches the workshop. Dr. Gill has been teaching Gross Anatomy at UMES since 1993. She received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia. She earned her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Her teaching responsibilities include Gross Anatomy to PT & Physician Assistant students, and Kinesiology and Medical Imaging to the PT students.

The UMES PT Program:

  • The Physical Therapy program, established in 1981, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is a post-baccalaureate entry-level program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Visit for more information.

The University:

  • UMES is a land grant, historically black university founded in 1886. It became part of the University of Maryland System in 1970. It is approved by the State of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


June 7-29. 2023 (Mondays through Thursdays)

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Lecture
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Gross Anatomy Laboratory


  • Books recommended by UMES PT Department which will be available for purchase in the UMES Bookstore:
    • Textbooks & Atlases: (same texts required for UMES students for the fall semester)
      • Moore KL: Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 9th edition
      • Tank: Grant’s Dissector, 17th edition
      • Agur AM: Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, 14th edition
  • If you would like to purchase another atlas, these are recommended:
      • Netter FH: Atlas of Human Anatomy
      • Rohen & Yokochi: Color Atlas of Anatomy
      • Gilroy, MacPherson, & Ross: Atlas of Anatomy
      • Moses, Banks, Nava, & Peterson: Atlas of Clinical Gross Anatomy


  • Students are responsible for purchasing the following supplies: latex or nitrile gloves, shoe covers, & solid blue scrubs (“ciel” or sky blue required for UMES PT, dark blue or navy for UMES PA). The following will be provided: posable gown and dissecting instruments. Students are responsible for purchasing shoe covers and gloves.


  • For information on housing availability, call the Department of Physical Therapy at 410-651-6301.

GAPP Participants comments:

“I learned that the skin of the face is actually innervated by a cranial nerve and not spinal nerve.  Also, I’m really excited about the fall anatomy lab class!”

“I now speak the language of Anatomy”

“I’ve learned 3 things while being here:  1) it’s ok to be wrong;  2) I understand the anatomy of the spinal cord and its peripheral nerves s much more!; and  3) always remind yourself of the big picture!”

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