Monday, 5 February 2018

Anatomy update

Quick update: 3D printing students are off and eager. This looks like a very exciting course. The Sports Science degree starts next year, with a big input from anatomy. The students will be looking at Histology, Topographical and functional anatomy and pathology. External courses are going well and we should be upping the collaboration with our clinical partners. The will give access to some exciting projects and research for undergraduate students too. The GP's from the 2020 curriculum scheme will be in this Wednesday, where we're covering differential diagnosis of neck lumps and pain and tingling in the upper limb.

Lectures on Life Science

Thursday 8th March when Professor Paul Sharpe from the MRC Research Centre for Transplantation will give a lecture.  Details to be confirmed.  Prof Sharpe’s research interests are in  the molecular control of tooth development, tissue engineering and dental stem cells.

Thursday 22nd March when Dr Shelley James and Prof Brian Sutton will give a talk and run a workshop on aspects of symmetry.  Some of you may remember Prof Suttons informative and entertaining talk on symmetry and DNA some years ago. Again details will follow.

A fantastic opportunity for hungry minds to be stimulated by leading figures in their field.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bridge building

Thye Anatomy Department is successfully building important clinical links with surgeons and other doctors to combine knowledge and be at the forefront of training these clinicians. For instance, we are training GP's through KUMEC, the very GP's that are teaching our undergraduate medics on the 2020 curriculum. We are also starting a multidisciplinary surgical faculty that will undertake their own training in the anatomy department, e.g. practicing reconstructive techniques, teaching our students in surgical anatomy and offering surgical science projects. Contact me if you want to know more or be involved.

Why Look at the small stuff

I remember when I first wanted to be a doctor. Whilst all medical science interests me, it was always anatomy that was my focus of interest. I bought a light microscope from a shop in Slough and immediately went to work on looking at everything that I could. A still have a microscope on my desk. The subject of histology is a fascinating one; a view in to hidden world, secret gems of structure that not only look wonderful, but reveal and give clues to how structure relates to function. The anatomy department at Kings is still committed to delivering quality histology teaching and so it should. Please contact me if you want to know more. We have excellent histology facilities.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The importance of gross anatomy

I've been around quite a while now and heard the arguments come and go for the relevance of gross anatomy teaching, especially when it comes to cadaveric based teaching. We use cadavers at King's and we take our gross anatomical teaching seriously. It may be of interest that the Royal College of Surgeons has just increased its Part A exam from 45 to 75 anatomy questions. This is to address the obvious need for surgeons in training to have more anatomical knowledge and to place the emphasis on the important of anatomical knowledge.

NEW Sports Exercise degree coming soon

A brand NEW degree course starts at King's next year. The Anatomy Department will be teaching the vital anatomical knowledge for students on this course. Working with The Aerospace Department, we will are excited to be delivering anatomy to a sector of learners from ever diversifying disciplines. If you'd like to be involved with he teaching or want any more information then just drop me a line.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

3D Anatomy printing

A new, innovative and exciting course in 3D anatomy printing will start next term. There are already many applications of 3D printing in medicine and surgery and it is a useful adjunct teaching and imaging method too. Students will be on the "journey" of development and reflection on the course. This is exciting I believe and opens the doors of this technology to merge with more traditional methods of anatomical working parts and learning.