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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Anatomy and imaging

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Anatomy and imaging

How you learn

Our aim is to give you a thorough understanding of how the body works to prepare you for the realities of clinical practice.

Experience and evidence shows the best way to achieve this is by combining body dissection with specialist prosections, imaging, pathology, surface anatomy and ultrasound. We supplement your learning with the latest technology including the use of IPads, Podcasts and 3D printed material that you can take home.

From the beginning of your course, you will be encouraged to actively participate in all dissection and living anatomy sessions. You’ll also be taught imaging skills, including how to understand x-rays, ultrasound and MRIs.

Dissection

Dissection takes place in our modern, fully-equipped anatomy laboratory, where our faculty and demonstrators are on hand to teach and support your practice. Each teaching group has on average eight students per cadaver to ensure you all take an active role. Working in small groups also helps with the development of your communication and team-building skills.

To help you in each dissection session you receive detailed notes to guide you and provide you with a clear understanding of structure and function within the body and how this forms the basis of clinical medicine.

Dissection is only one element of our approach to anatomical teaching. You also take part in living anatomy sessions, interactive lectures and small group tutorials, and use prosections, plastic models, 3D printed and online resources to help your understanding.

Imaging

Another key part of your learning is through interactive imaging sessions. There are opportunities to explore imaging further through additional student selected components and our on-campus Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre facility.

BACKGROUND IMAGE FOR PANEL

When you learn

Your anatomy instruction at BSMS begins right from the start of your course. For the first two years you focus on the main systems of the body, moving on to more specialised anatomy in year four.

By introducing you to our fully-integrated approach early on, you are in a strong position to deepen your understanding of anatomy and appreciate the relevance of what you are learning across the different disciplines.

In years 1 and 2, you begin with an introduction to anatomy in the Foundations of Health and Disease module, after which you spend on average 4 dedicated sessions in the anatomy laboratory per  modules in addition to on average 2 module tutorials, 1 applied anatomy session and 1 living anatomy session per module.

  • Heart, Lungs and Blood
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Reproduction and Endocrinology
  • Musculoskeletal System and Immunology

 Your sessions in the anatomy laboratory will be accompanied by a host of other anatomical activities.

During year 4 you return to the lab as part of your clinical rotations, where you concentrate on anatomy related to Ears, Nose and Throat, and Orthopaedic specialities.