Anatomy at Lancaster Medical School is taught in the state of the art Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre (CALC).
In Year 1, students have a CALC session every week; in Year 2, students have a CALC session once per module (every two weeks), during which they learn the anatomy relevant to the current PBL scenario. Students learn anatomy in a variety of different ways:
Interaction with expert staff: two anatomists guide the students through all the resources, using their knowledge to reinforce the students learning and clarify any areas of misunderstanding. Moreover, an imaging specialist and a histopathologist help students to understand the medical imaging and histopathology resources.
Visual resources: comprising models, DVD and audio stations. The models demonstrate tissues, organs and body systems as they appear in the human body and are complemented by DVDs with accompanying audio that aim to talk students through the dissection of the relevant anatomy, highlighting structures that are often difficult to see or appreciate within models or textbooks.
Medical imaging: The students have access to images (including X-ray, CT and MRI) to develop their understanding of the appearance of tissues and organs (both normal and abnormal). Their learning is guided by an imaging specialist who ensures students fully understand the applications and implications of imaging utilised in everyday clinical settings.
Histological material: histological material is used to inform students about the structure of tissues and organs at the level of individual cells. Again their learning is supported by a histopathologist to ensure that the students can relate microscopical appearance to macroscopic structure and function.
Access to equipment and resources used in clinical diagnostics: for example, students have access to an ultrasound machine and realistic ultrasound models.
Anatomy reference library: Within CALC, there are a range of anatomy textbooks that offer additional reading material for the students to complement the resources.
Peer-assisted learning: In Year 2, students are assigned an anatomy topic to research in depth and prepare a 10 minute presentation to explain the topics to their peers. These sessions enhance anatomy knowledge, for both the presenting student and their peer audience, and develop presentation skills.
Drop-in, self study: Alongside timetabled sessions with staff, students are free to use the facility in their spare time to enhance their learning or revisit previous subject areas.