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Teaching Anatomy

A Practical Guide

  • Lap Ki Chan
  • Wojciech Pawlina


  • Description and application of the most important educational principles in practical scenarios

  • Examples of new methodologies, programmes, and assessment tools, which are useful in re-organizing anatomy education

  • Concise, focused, problem-oriented chapters, which provide relevant practical tips to busy teachers who oftentimes need to divide their time between teaching, research, and administrative work

  • A wealth of text boxes, which bring out key points, stimulate reflection on the reader's own situation, and provide additional practical tips or resources


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Teaching and Learning Anatomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lap Ki Chan, Miriam Uhlmann
      Pages 3-10
    3. Camille DiLullo
      Pages 11-21
    4. Barry S. Mitchell
      Pages 23-30
    5. Darrell J. R. Evans
      Pages 45-53
    6. Jennifer M. McBride, Richard L. Drake
      Pages 55-58
  3. Teaching in Large Group Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Lap Ki Chan
      Pages 61-71
    3. Nirusha Lachman, Wojciech Pawlina
      Pages 89-96
  4. Teaching in Small Group Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Boon Huat Bay, Samuel Sam Wah Tay
      Pages 99-105
    3. Esther M. Bergman
      Pages 115-124
    4. Cheryl Melovitz-Vasan, Grace Pinhal-Enfield, David O. DeFouw, Nagaswami S. Vasan
      Pages 133-141

About this book


Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide is the first book designed to provide highly practical advice to both novice and experienced gross anatomy teachers.  The volume provides a theoretical foundation of adult learning and basic anatomy education and includes chapters focusing on specific issues that teachers commonly encounter in the diverse and challenging scenarios in which they teach. The book is designed to allow teachers to adopt a student-centered approach and to be able to give their students an effective and efficient overall learning experience. Teachers of gross anatomy and other basic sciences in undergraduate healthcare programs will find in this unique volume invaluable information presented in a problem-oriented, succinct, and user-friendly format.  Developed by renowned, expert authors, the chapters are written concisely and in simple language, and a wealth of text boxes are provided to bring out key points, to stimulate reflection on the reader’s own situation, and to provide additional practical tips.  Educational theories are selectively included to explain the theoretical foundation underlying practical suggestions, so that teachers can appropriately modify the strategies described in the book to fit their own educational environments.  Comprehensive and a significant contribution to the literature, Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide is an indispensable resource for all instructors in gross anatomy.



Educational skills Gross anatomy Healthcare curriculum Pedagogic methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Lap Ki Chan
    • 1
  • Wojciech Pawlina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Li Ka Shing Faculty of MedicineInstitute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, The University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyMayo Clinic College of MedicineRochesterUSA

About the editors

Lap Ki Chan, BSc (Biomed), MB,BS (HK), FHKCOS, FHKAM, FRCS Edinburgh, PhD (Duke) Assistant Dean (Education) Deputy Director of Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education Associate Professor in Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education and Department of Anatomy Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine The University of Hong Kong Dr. Chan has extensive experience in faculty development. He is the educator for the Asia Pacific region for AOTramua (the Swiss foundation which invented the original screws, plates and other instrument for fracture fixation), responsible for teaching orthopaedic surgeons in the region how to teach. He is the director of the Staff and Professional Development Programme in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. Wojciech Pawlina, M.D. Chair, Department of Anatomy Professor of Anatomy and Medical Education Assistant Dean for Curriculum Development and Innovation College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Dr. Pawlina is the co-editor-in-chief of Anatomical Sciences Education, the number one journal in the category of “Education, Scientific Disciplines” in JCR.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teaching Anatomy
  • Book Subtitle A Practical Guide
  • Editors Lap Ki Chan
    Wojciech Pawlina
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-08929-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-08930-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 403
  • Number of Illustrations 35 b/w illustrations, 127 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anatomy
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