Provide comprehensive fundamental knowledge of human anatomy to undergraduate and post graduate students that help them understand the normal structure and function of human body and to recognize deviation from normal in order to diagnose and treat patients effectively in future.
INFRASTRUCTURE OF DEPARTMENT
The department of anatomy is situated on the 3rd floor of college building. The department has a well equipped histology laboratory, spacious dissection hall with embalming room and area for storage of cadavers. It has a “state of the art” museum; departmental library and offices for head of department and other faculty members and staff.
Histology laboratory has arrangement for 50 students at a time with a separate station for each student having a microscope and light arrangement. It has a screen on which slides can be projected by faculty from demonstration microscope for better teaching. The walls of the laboratory are decorated with enlarged photographs of the histology slides.
The dissection hall of the department has 10 tables catering to total of 100 students. Each table has separate drainage system. A human skeleton is placed in the hall to facilitate teaching of bones and a number of dissected specimens are placed on the walls of the hall. The hall is well illuminated and is properly ventilated. The museum has 200 specimens of different organs of the body. It is divided into well defined sections with separate arrangement of specimens of upper limb, lower limb, head and neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, neuroanatomy and embryology. Embryology and gross anatomy models are also displayed in the museum. The departmental library is well stocked with various standard textbooks of anatomy and histology which are issued to students as and when required.
CONCEPT OF TEACHING HUMAN ANATOMY
Anatomy of human body is the first subject taught to the dental and medical students. Though the basic anatomy of human body has not changed but the understanding of the subject, its functional and clinical correlation with its application in integrated teaching methods and use in modern technology like CT and MRI has grown by leaps and bounds.
The human anatomy deals with gross anatomy, micro-structural anatomy and developmental anatomy. The subject is vast and teaching time is very limited. Hence, the method of teaching anatomy has been evolving world over with emphasis on teaching systemic anatomy and problem based learning. This, according to me, will not only help in the better understanding of the subject but also in its amalgamation into clinical subjects in later years of medical studies. Anatomy should not be taught for just one or two years in beginning to be forgotten later but a few lectures should be dedicated to the subject in the beginning of teaching of each clinical subject.
A conceptual knowledge of human anatomy can be delivered by interactive lecturers, small group discussions, and clinical case demonstrations. I am of the opinion that basics of anatomy should be taught to the students in a manner such that they are encouraged to derive the anatomical basis of any clinical conditions themselves. The discussion should aim at deriving the anatomical aspect of diagnosis of any clinical condition and its application in understanding and managing the same rather than focusing on disease itself in teaching anatomy.
The faculty of department of anatomy consists of one professor (head of department) and two lecturers. Auxiliary staff consists of one technician and one technical assistant.