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This subject provides a detailed investigation of human visceral anatomy. The subject will cover the terminology of human topographic anatomy as it relates to the head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis; the principles of viscera and visceral systems; the detailed regional anatomy of each area including the walls and contents of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis; applied and clinical anatomy; and the appearance of normal anatomical visceral structures via modern imaging techniques. Lectures on anatomy will be supplemented by specialist lectures by practitioners to demonstrate the disciplinary breadth achievable with anatomical knowledge. Cadaveric dissection will be used to complement learning, by exposing the boundaries and contents of important regions of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis; and anatomical models, computer programs, prosected specimens and modern imaging techniques will be used to appreciate anatomical structures.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Comprehend the organisation of body cavities; the principles of viscera and visceral systems; the anatomy of the autonomic nervous system and cranial nerves that supply viscera; the detailed visceral anatomy of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis; radiological anatomy of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis; and applied and clinical anatomy of the body's visceral systems
- Develop observational and organisational skills to identify and interpret exposed anatomical structures and regions of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis; communication skills (written and oral) to describe the normal structure of the human body; the use of dissecting instruments to expose visceral systems in the cadaver; the incidence of important anatomical variants and their clinical significance
- Articulate the important clinical applications relevant to body regions and the approaches to imaging the thorax, abdomen and pelvis
- Demonstrate observational and organisational skills to interpret exposed anatomical structures in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis
- Demonstrate written and oral communication skills to describe normal and impaired anatomical structures of the human visceral systems
- Capacity for independent study, rational enquiry and self-directed learning.
- Ability to analyse problems.
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Time management skills.
- Teamwork in interpretation and analysis of new information.
Last updated: 7 September 2023