New Cadaveric Anatomy Session - MCh (Orth) Dundee

A cadaveric anatomy teaching session has been introduced to the MCh (Orth) course syllabus for the first time on Friday 21 February 2020.

This inaugural two-hour session, concentrating on lower limb anatomy, was initiated by Mr Arpit Jariwala (Director of UDOTS) and led by Professor Tracey Wilkinson (Cox Chair of Anatomy at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification).

MCh (Orth) students were expertly led through a refresher on Basic Anatomy but with the advantage of using Thiel Cadaver and all that it brings due to the retained flexibility of the cadaver. For many of the students it has been a long while since they have had the time to take a step out of their busy working life and look again at what they learned many years ago, and in most cases in their first year of medical school.

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Professor Tracey Wilkinson with the MCh (Orth) Dundee students.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS, stated:

“As Orthopaedic Surgeons we always long for the ability to return to the Anatomy Hall to revise, especially before complex reconstructions or when undertaking new surgical procedures. Unfortunately, this is not always possible as cadavers are available in only select Centres and therefore the majority of surgeons cannot revisit anatomy after our medical school days. UDOTS wanted to create this opportunity for our MCh (Orth) Dundee students with the kind support of CAHID. The student feedback has been excellent, and I’d like to thank Professor Tracey Wilkinson and everybody at CAHID for their continued support of the MCh (Orth) Dundee degree.

Having access to Thiel cadavers is unique to the Dundee MCh (Orth) degree and gives our students the rare opportunity to be trained on cadavers that mimic lifelike tissue handling. Over the past several months the inclusion of such new teaching initiatives has significantly improved the course curriculum, allowing our students to experience a varied and exciting learning experience.”



“Today’s session was very nice and informative. The thorough revision of anatomy took us from pelvis to the foot was fantastic. Keep going on with such sessions.”

“It was a wonderful class today! I was able to brush up some basic anatomy, which without today’s class could have become a neglected history.”

“We are looking forward more sessions like this, which will make the MCh (Orth) Dundee course even more attractive.”

“The anatomy cadaveric demonstration session was really good; especially the clinical anatomy part. Blood and nerve supplies of the muscles of the lower limb were shown in an intricate manner.”