Medical professors at the University of Sydney want more emphasis to be given on the anatomy subject after an elective whole-body dissection course at the university revealed that just nine of the 26 students were able to correctly name the anatomy parts of the human body.
The seven-week course was conducted in order to help students catch up on the subject but majority of the students struggled to correctly identify the body parts. In some cases, students came up with fictitious names for some body parts which did not even exist.
However halfway through the course saw the students come up with almost perfect scores and repeat their performance at the end of the course. The Professor of Surgical Anatomy at the university, Prof George Ramsey-Stewart published a report in the Medical Journal of Australia and said that dissection anatomy should be made an integral rather than a peripheral part of medical education.
"There is an apparent need for the introduction of a standard basic national curriculum in gross human anatomy. This would ensure that medical graduates have a reasonable knowledge of gross human anatomy and are equipped to properly understand the amazingly complex biological structure with which most of them will be intimately concerned throughout the rest of their professional careers", he said.