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

The anatomy laboratory is utilised by students on the MBBS Medicine and MSc Physician Associate Studies programmes, as well as students from the School of Health 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 Medicine 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.

All students attend dissection seminars in the first three years of their 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. Dissection classes are supplemented with screencasts, lectures, seminars and workshops. Anatomy can also be chosen as a student selected study module (SSS) in years 1-3.

  • 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 in the laboratory using specially prepared cadaveric prosections, museum specimens and models. The main focus is on the female pelvis and perineum, and students revisit the embryology learnt in previous years.

  • 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 practise these procedures on cadaveric material within the laboratory.

Teaching AnatomySchool of Health Sciences

We deliver seminars in the anatomy laboratory where, using specially prepared cadaveric specimens, students can 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 using a high specification ultrasound machine.

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 10 cadaveric (embalmed) workstations for demonstrating or dissecting

  • Up to four fresh-frozen cadaveric workstations

  • A vast selection of prosected cadaveric specimens

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

  • High specification ultrasound machine

  • Over 200 anatomical models

  • Extra rooms with catering arrangement

We can also provide up to four fresh-frozen cadavers or cadaveric material. We have a license enabling us to import this material if necessary.

Courses recently hosted by the anatomy department include:

  • Abdominal surgical approaches

  • 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 591139 or email us at