This is the first session in an anatomy teaching program, being run by Newcastle University Surgical Society, which aims to equip our members with anatomical knowledge that is of particular significance in an operating theatre. This advanced understanding should allow our members to gain more from any subsequent time spent in theatre, and avoid that terrible feeling of cluelessness when a surgeon quizzes you on anatomy mid operation.
For each region of the body we will run a basic anatomy course, which will include facilitated learning on cadaveric specimens. Each introductory basic anatomy session will be followed by a surgical anatomy session, allowing the basic knowledge gained in the first session to be built upon in a surgical setting. These surgical anatomy sessions will run like a seminar, focussing on the anatomy surrounding a common surgical procedure, from opening to closing the patient. As part of these seminars we will review videos of surgery and stop to point out the relevant anatomy.
These sessions are aimed at medical students with an interest in surgery, and they require no prior anatomical knowledge, so are open to SurgSoc members in any year.
In this first session we will go over anatomy of the thorax, with an emphasis on cardiac anatomy. The following surgical anatomy session will revolve around Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), and will take place one week after this basic anatomy session.