February 2013|ISSUE 4
First Class Anatomy Teaching

By Dr Dinesh Kumar Srinivasan

It pleases me to say that LKCMedicine is the first medical school in Singapore which allows medical students to handle highquality plastinated specimens for practical anatomy lessons.

The use of plastinated specimens has been established by a number of medical schools in the United States and other countries mainly because they possess many distinct advantages over traditionally preserved specimens. Besides the excellent quality and durability of plastinated specimens, they allow for great flexibility during lessons. Plastinated specimens can be used to demonstrate difficult structures and dissection areas. They have also been proven to be excellent review and testing materials.

Now, these plastinates will be an added boost to our anatomy teaching which will see our students being taught by qualified anatomists, surgeons, radiologists as well as experts of visualisation technology who will be producing high-quality educational visual aids chiefly by using augmented reality to relate anatomical structures with their function. Together, these teaching tools will help our medical students gain a better and thorough understanding of the human anatomy. Here, the anatomy lessons will be conducted using Team Based Learning (TBL), so the lessons will be in small group practicals with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of what they learn.

Students handling plastinated specimens

I wish to highlight that the LKCMedicine preclinical curriculum follows a modular system. Thus, the curriculum is subdivided into functionally defined systems and there will be in total, seven systems-based courses. Within each module the relevant anatomical, physiological, biochemical facts, pathological, microbiological and pharmacological facts will be taught in an integrated manner. Further, within each module, anatomy will be presented with the help of plastinated specimens, anatomical
models and imaging modalities.