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Teaching Access to Skull Collections

Teaching Requests — Off-Site Location

The Comparative Anatomy Collection and a subset of specimens from the Atkinson Collection are available to University of the Pacific faculty for teaching and class demonstrations located away from the IDHCS but within the dental school building. These requests should follow instructions found in Loan Requests, Faculty Teaching/Demonstration Loans section of this document. To allow adequate time for retrieving specimens and completing a Loan Condition Report, loan requests for teaching outside the IDHCS must be submitted at least three weeks in advance to the IDHCS curator.

Teaching Conditions

Use of specimens from the skull collections must take place within designated teaching areas, such as laboratories and classrooms. On the day of the class, the Instructor will be asked to read the Institute's Procedural Advice for Handling Skulls guidelines and to sign the Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan form (see below). In order to minimize potential damage to the specimens, Instructors are expected to provide supervision for student handling of specimens or to read the handling guidelines to the class. Before and after the class, the specimens must be kept behind locked doors, usually in the Instructor's office, before being returned to the IDHCS. As indicated in the loan form, Instructors are responsible for the safekeeping of specimens borrowed from the skull collections.

Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan Form

On the day of the loan, the Faculty Instructor will sign the Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan Form containing the following information: loan number, instructor's name, phone extension, department and email address, title of class, approximate class size, beginning and ending loan dates, IDHCS approval and date, age of each borrowed specimen, loaned condition of each specimen (see Loan Condition Report below), brief summaries of specimen care and handling guidelines, and acknowledgement of conditions governing loans. The Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan Form serves as a means of efficient recordkeeping for the IDHCS.

Loan Condition Report

A Loan Condition Report will be provided by the IDHCS Curator within the Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan Form, at the time the loan is processed. The report will include documentation of the loaned condition of each specimen, including damaged and/or missing areas of the skull and dentition, and congenital conditions. By signing the Loan Form, the Instructor agrees that it shall be conclusively presumed that the borrowed specimens are in the condition specified in the Loan Condition Report.

Teaching Requests — IDHCS Location

Using specimens from the skull collections for teaching and class demonstrations within the IDHCS is possible. Space for display and viewing is limited by the size of the research table (4'x10') and the room. However, for large classes, groups of 15-20 students may be rotated in and out of the room. Requests for specimens should be made to the IDHCS curator at least three weeks in advance.

Teaching Conditions

Along with their request for teaching access, Instructors should submit either a list of specimens (with catalogue numbers) or a description of the types of specimens of interest to the class. The IDHCS curator will handle the specimens, retrieving them from the storage cabinets for display and returning them after the class is over. In this manner the potential for damage is minimized. On the day of the class, the Instructor will be asked to read the Institute's Procedural Advice for Handling Skulls guidelines and to sign the Faculty On-Site Teaching/Demo form (see below). At the onset of the demonstration, Instructors are to advise the students of the delicate and invaluable nature of the specimens and to request that they refrain from excessive handling of the specimens. The IDHCS curator or other staff must be present to help supervise the handling of specimens during the class session.

Faculty On-Site Teaching/Demo Form

On the day of the loan, the Faculty Instructor will sign the Faculty On-Site Teaching/Demo Loan Form containing the following information: instructor's name, phone extension, department, title of class, approximate class size, beginning and ending course dates, IDHCS approval and date, description of each borrowed specimen, pre-class condition of each specimen (see Condition Report below), brief summaries of specimen care and handling guidelines, and acknowledgement of conditions governing loans. The Faculty Teaching/Demo Loan Form serves as a means of efficient recordkeeping for the IDHCS.

Condition Report

A Condition Report will be provided by the IDHCS curator within the Faculty On-Site Teaching/Demo Form, at the time the form is processed and signed. The report will include documentation of the pre-class condition of each specimen, including damaged and/or missing areas of the skull and dentition, and congenital conditions. By signing the Faculty On-Site Teaching/Demo Form, the Instructor agrees that it shall be conclusively presumed that the specimens used in the class are in the condition specified in the Condition Report.