Teaching Anatomy: Prosections and Dissections

  • Nalini PatherEmail author


Anatomy provides a rich environment to learn from cadaveric resources. Cadaveric resources are a rich environment for learning anatomy. Anatomy laboratory sessions can use cadaveric resources in either dissection- or prosection-based modes of teaching. Each mode presents advantages in how it allows students to examine and explore the three-dimensional structural organization of the human body. When designing anatomy laboratory sessions, the advantages of each of these modes need to be considered. Once a mode of teaching has been determined, learning activities should be designed that are engaging, contextual and clinically relevant. Anatomy laboratory activities can creatively embed graduate attributes like teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills. Multidimensional learning activities that relate cadaveric anatomy to living anatomy will ensure student engagement and enthusiasm. Designing and implementing anatomy laboratory activities should be based on a model of continuous improvement that involves review and refinement based on student feedback and evaluation.


Laboratory Session Cognitive Load Theory Carpal Tunnel Release Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Anatomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medical Sciences, Medicine, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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