Learning anatomy on cadavers: for
Many medical schools no longer use traditional dissection to teach their students anatomy. Three dimensional models and computer simulations are replacing cadavers. Does this mean that medical students miss out? Samena Chaudhry and Shahid Mohammed argue for and against the method that they themselves have not experienced
- By: Samena Chaudhry
Writing in favour of a practice that I have never experienced may sound a little hypocritical, but there are two sides to every argument. It is always worth considering an alternative way of learning. The important question being is, “Might we have learnt more another way?”
My experience of anatomy included handling waxy plastic limbs and clever looking 3D models that you could take apart like a jigsaw puzzle. We watched the formation of inguinal canals using paper origami and worked through chapters of worksheets with the help of anatomy demonstrators. For those interested, a visit to see pro sections could also be arranged. All this was meant to give us a basic grounding in anatomy as well as to give some clinical relevance to what we were learning.
Our anatomy exam, which formed a small part of the main exam in each system, was designed in such a way