|Masters in Anatomy open for applications|
A collaboration with Edinburgh University is combining state-of-the-art educational technologies with practical skills in the teaching of anatomy
The development of medicine has gone hand-in-hand with advances in the ways in which anatomy is taught. The application of modern imaging techniques requires that anatomy is viewed quite literally from new perspectives. Linking the application of anatomy to diagnosis and treatment demands that we prioritise not only how much we learn but also how we learn, to take advantage of modern technology.
Ironically, during this period of technological advances the time available for anatomical studies has been reduced, as has the availability of cadaveric material. All this requires that teaching and learning styles need to become more sophisticated, alongside educational technologies.
With all of the above in mind, the anatomy team at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the RCSEd created the MSc in Anatomy, which incorporates practical education skills as a major element, providing unique benefits to the programme.
The first cohort of eight students began the programme in September 2010 and have expressed their appreciation for both the depth of the programme and the breadth of the foundation that it provides. The course tutor team draws on expertise from anatomy, surgery, biological sciences and leadership education. This variety is also reflected in the students who come from the UK and overseas, bringing specialties from biological and physical sciences, as well as medicine and surgery.
The first cohort will complete their Masters programme in July 2011. Spaces on the second cohort (starting September 2011) have already begun to fill. We hope in future cohorts to see not only surgeons in training but also experienced surgeons looking for variety in their professional development, or looking for a new challenge at the end of their clinical careers.