Embryological and Developmental Basis of Disease - 20 credits studied in semester 1
Technology has substantially improved the outcome of infants born prematurely and/or born with congenital anomalies so that these children might survive to adulthood. Additionally not all congenital and developmental anomalies are diagnosed at birth, but have substantial clinical consequences even into adulthood. This module has been developed to improve your knowledge and understanding of embryology and development in order to best understand the aetiology of developmental diseases. Clinical diagnostic algorithms and evaluation of the anatomical impact on management, treatment options and outcomes are the core of this module.
The module will examine the impact of maldevelopment upon function and disease; both relatively common and rare scenarios will be investigated. This module will improve your the understanding and awareness of difficult clinical presentations and therefore provide you with significant transferable skills when returning to hospital-based teaching.
Form, Function and Dysfunction - 30 credits studied in semester 1 and 2
The module offers the opportunity for you to expand upon your knowledge and understanding of anatomy at a contextually relevant time following exposure to patients during your (at this stage incomplete) hospital-based teaching. Dissection informs recognition and understanding of the aetiology and symtomology of disease and of (ab)normality - and in the future will inform your decision-making in diagnosis. To expand further on understanding you will be expected to be able to find, read, interpret and present published research based on anatomical, surgical and radiological anatomy. The module will assist you in understanding how anatomy evaluated by novel technologies such as endoscopic ultrasound, laparoscopy, manometry etc assesses anatomical relationships and their function and morphological consequences.
This module provides the opportunity for advanced learning of three-dimensional anatomy and the investigation of consequences of a variety of pathologies on anatomically and clinically relevant areas. Each student will work with a maximum of three others to dissect a cadaver. Each cadaver on the programme will have a pathology (as informed by the cause of death certificate). Through the process of dissection, comparison with radiological evidence as well as with each others' work, you will learn the breath of normality. Through dissection and reading you will identify anatomical anomalies and pathologies and discuss the reasons for their development. Journal club-type reading of peer-reviewed research papers in a variety of clinical fields will reinforce and deepen your knowledge of form, function and dysfunction.
Anatomy in the Clinical Environment - 20 credits studied in semester 2
This module will specifically examine the way anatomical knowledge is informing contemporary clinical practice. In particular you will examine how both morphological and functional anatomy is utilised in the clinical environment for diagnosis, staging and planning treatment of different disease states. You will work alongside clinicians under supervision, exploring novel modalities examining macro- and micro-anatomical assessments in clinical decision making within the multidisciplinary team meetings and other clinical areas. Part of your work will examine how this technical information and relevance is effectively communicated to patients to inform patient and relatives of the findings.
Project - 50 credits taken over semester 1 and 2
The module provides you with the opportunity to use the scientific, clinical and professional understanding that you have developed through the taught components of the Clinical Anatomy BSc programme as a foundation for planning and undertaking a major piece of scholarly work. Projects will run full time from early November to the end of January and there will be one day a week after that for writing up/finalising data etc. Hand in - same as others - last day of term.