18th International Federation of Anatomical Societies
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Fri, 2014-08-08 18:36

Prof. Hassan Saidi (left), Dr. Pamela Mandela (Center) and Dr. Phillip Mwachaka (right) during the 18th IFAA conference in China

The 18th Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) was held between August 8-10, 2014 in Beijing, China. Dr. Pamela Mandela, Dr. Phillip Mwachaka and Prof. Hassan Saidi represented the Department of Human Anatomy at the event.

Dr. Phillip Mwachaka presented his M.Sc. anatomy results on the Structural Changes On The Rabbit Neural Retina Following Monocular Deprivation.

From this conference, it was agreed that tutorials should be used to supplement dissection in teaching anatomy. Other suggested new models of teaching anatomy included;

  1. Use Of Anatomical Models – PVC, paraffin wax-infused organs
  2. Plastination Materials – organs, full body, systems-based
  3. ‘Digital’ Anatomy – student notes, discussion forums, browsers (apps.),
  4. Living/dynamic Anatomy – surface anatomy/body painting, moving/singing/dancing
  5. Using Artistic Methods – creating models, demonstration with hands/fingers, using drawings, using fun ideas
  6. Free On-line Resources – BioDigital Human, Medical Animations
  7. Topographic/Clinical Anatomy – anatomy in cross section (digital atlases), medical imaging (Xrays, CT scans, MRI, U/S)
  8. Reciprocal peer teaching - Using lead students to teach others what they know

The deparment of human Anatomy will embrace some of this methods in modernising the teaching of human Anatomy.

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Thu, 2014-08-21 18:36