Anatomy

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Undergraduate programmes

The Anatomy team is responsible for the Anatomy teaching in the majority of programmes offered by the College of Medical & Dental Sciences, including Biomedical Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Materials Science, and Pharmacy. There are two Senior Lecturers in Anatomy, a Lecturer, seven Teaching Fellows and eight Demonstrators. All are experienced teachers from a range of backgrounds including Medicine, Dentistry, Anatomical Sciences plus Junior Doctors who are developing careers as surgeons, radiologists and pathologists. Thus, the team delivers anatomy teaching that is purpose-built to support the academic and professional needs of each student group.

We use a range of different state-of-the-art methods of delivery including illustrated lectures of topographical and regional anatomy, and on-line interactive sessions for real-time discussion and live-polling on histology images. But, a large part of the teaching and learning is achieved though small group practical sessions involving anatomical models, surface anatomy, 3-D anatomy software with virtual dissection tools and video animations, ultrasound equipment, and discussion of problem-based scenarios. These sessions are reinforced by regular sessions in our excellent prosectorium which allows students to experience dissected regions in discussion groups supported by academic staff.

Intercalated BSc degree in Clinical Anatomy  

This is open to medical and dental students. It allows students to study 3-dimensional anatomy in greater depth, in a clinical context and to develop the practical skills of dissection, face and hand sculpting on bone models, and many research techniques. Specific modules cover Form, Function and dysfunction, Embryological and developmental basis of human disease, and Anatomy in the Clinical Environment, when students work alongside clinicians under supervision, exploring novel treatment modalities and the role of anatomical assessments in clinical decision-making.

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Research

Our many collaborations with clinical colleagues and world-renowned research groups in hospitals such as the Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham Children’s, City & Sandwell allow each Intercalated BSc student to undertake an original clinical research project. 

These collaborations also underpin the research activities of our staff which currently focus on novel 3-dimensional visualisations of the cardiac conduction system in healthy and congenitally malformed human hearts with the aim of improving diagnosis and surgery, and analyses of morphological and functional basis of lower back pain with the aim of improving rehabilitation and management.