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MMB8033 : Surgical Anatomy

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Meenakshi Swamy
  • Co-Module Leader: Miss Laura Watson
  • Lecturer: Dr Robert Jarman, Mr Stephen Aldridge, Dr Colin Nice, Mr Hugh Gallagher, Mr Dharmendra Agrawal, Mr Bala Purushothaman, Mr Paul Fearon
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims to:

1. develop students’ understanding of applied surgical anatomy at an advanced level

2. introduce students to a range of current medical imaging modalities and surgical techniques

3. enable students to develop an understanding of cross-sectional anatomy and to develop skills in the interpretation of clinical images

4. inform students of the gross and surface anatomy pertinent to venous access sites

5. enable students to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of ultrasound-guided central venous catheter insertion.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:

1. a comprehensive study of the gross anatomy relevant to a number of common surgical procedures, with a focus on neurovascular structures

2. an introduction to the currently available medical imaging techniques and technologies and a solid foundational understanding of cross-sectional anatomy to underpin the development of skills in the interpretation of clinical images

3. knowledge of the gross and surface anatomy relating to venous access

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparing for Dissection, Presentation and Examination
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials115:0015:00Asynchronous online: Lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Present in person (PIP): Module Talk and Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical113:0033:00Present in person (PIP): Performing dissection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching142:0028:00Present in person (PIP): Surgical anatomy teaching sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in person (PIP): Oral presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:0029:00Self-directed study and further reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Reading and preparing notes from lectures and practicals
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Taught sessions will utilise a range of resources including prosected specimens. 3D anatomy software, radiological images and demonstrations of procedures on cadavers. Each session will be delivered using a collaborative teaching model involving both surgeons and anatomists in order to provide a well-rounded understanding of the applied surgical anatomy of a particular body region. Students will be expected to review and expand upon this foundational knowledge during their self-directed learning to further develop their understanding of a range of common surgical approaches and procedures.

• Dissection sessions will offer students the opportunity to perform a detailed and comprehensive exploration of the anatomy relevant to a surgical procedure of their choice, with close supervision and guidance. The process will allow them to appreciate the logistical aspects of their chosen approach, including patient-specific considerations, and develop a practical understanding of the principles of surgical decision-making.

• The dissection of high-fidelity embalmed cadaveric material will also facilitate the development of core surgical skills, including fine dexterity, instrument and tissue handling, and familiarity with different tissue types and dissection planes. Students will also receive teaching on basic suturing and knot tying techniques.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A60Present in person unseen written exam - 6 short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40Oral presentation: 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The written paper will comprise of short answer questions and is an appropriate method of assessing anatomical knowledge and its application to surgical approaches.

- The oral presentation will assess applied anatomical knowledge specific to individual dissection based projects and also students’ ability to present ideas and findings from this study to their peers.

Reading Lists