Providing excellence in clinical anatomy teaching Providing excellence in clinical anatomy teaching

The anatomy laboratory is utilised by students on the MBBS and MSc Physician Associate Studies programmes, as well as students from the School of Rehabilitation Sciences studying Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, and Speech and Language Therapy courses. It also hosts external teaching events including surgical courses and postgraduate training days.

Anatomy is taught across all modules of our MBBS course with an emphasis on clinical application. We have strong links with clinicians from local hospitals and medical practices who assist with teaching and contribute to teaching material to ensure that clinical information is relevant and up to date across all disciplines.

Our in-house medical illustrator creates bespoke illustrations and animations to support the teaching material created by our anatomy lecturers.

Teaching in Anatomy LabNorwich Medical School

Teaching takes place over a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, using whole-body cadaveric dissection, cadaveric prosections, anatomical models, bones, surface anatomy, ultrasound, radiological imaging, screencasts, anatomy apps and workbooks.

Anatomy is taught mainly through dissection based seminars in the first three years of the MBBS course. In these sessions, students carry out workbook-guided dissections of specific regions of the body with the help of anatomy staff and clinicians from local hospitals and medical practices. Anatomy is offered as a student selected study module (SSS) in years 1-3, where students undertake a more indepth study of a particular region of anatomy.

  • Year 1 students study and carry out a full dissection of the locomotor system, including upper limb, lower limb, back and spine. We offer three additional seminars covering the surface anatomy of these regions. Anatomical and embryological concepts are taught through a series of lectures.

  • Year 2 students study and carry out a full dissection of the respiratory and circulatory systems, including heart and lungs, the thoracic cavity and the lymphatics of these regions. We teach embryological concepts and module-specific seminars on the upper respiratory system, the peripheral circulatory system and the lymphatic system.

  • Year 3 students study and carry out a full dissection of the abdomen and pelvis, including the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs, the urinary system, male pelvic organs and the male perineum. Additional seminars are delivered on embryological concepts and a whole seminar series is given on neurology and the senses.

  • Year 4 teaching is delivered by the anatomy staff using specially prepared cadaveric prosections, museum specimens, anatomical models and bespoke workbooks. The main focus is on the female pelvis and perineum, and embryology.

  • Year 5 teaching is carried out by practising clinicians. The anatomy behind common emergency and surgical procedures is demonstrated to prepare students for their first year as a junior doctor. Students are able to study the anatomy of these procedures in small groups using cadaveric material within the laboratory.

Teaching AnatomySchool of Health Sciences

We deliver seminars in the anatomy laboratory using specially prepared cadaveric specimens, allowing students to relate structures under the skin to those seen in practical examinations and lectures. In some seminars, students will be given the opportunity to handle specimens or take part in surface anatomy workshops.

Postgraduate Courses

Our anatomy laboratory is also available for hosting training days and courses. The following facilities can be made available upon request:

  • Laboratory space for up to 60 delegates

  • Up to 12 fresh-frozen cadaveric workstations

  • A vast selection of prosected cadaveric specimens

  • A live and recordable camera feed projected over 8 large television monitors

  • Over 200 anatomical models

  • Extra rooms with catering arrangement

Courses recently hosted by the anatomy department include:

  • Norwich Thoracic Cadaveric Simulation course

  • NOSTRA and NNUH Laparoscopic Colorectal Cadaveric course

  • First European Masterclass on minimally invasive inguinal lymphnode dissection and hands on cadaveric training

  • East Anglian Occuloplastic Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery course

  • Open Abdominal and Trauna Surgery Cadaveric course

  • Anaesthetic Regional Block Cadaveric course

  • BAPRAS Microsurgery Committee 1st free perforator flaps cadaveric course

  • Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) WADE programme and MRCS revision course

  • Third East Anglian sinus, orbit and skull base surgery course

  • Orthopaedic surgical approaches

  • Spinal surgical approaches

  • Urology revision course

If you are interested in using any of our facilities to host a training day or course for registered healthcare professionals, please contact us on +44 (0)1603 591104 or email us at