Overview of Trunk Module - Anatomy Training Programme

Overall the module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the gross and functional anatomy of the trunk, and how the systems it contains connects to the neighboring regions of the necks and the upper and lower limbs.


The module aims:

• To deepen the understanding of systematic, developmental, topographical and functional anatomy

• To develop key study skills

• To develop skills of dissection and prosection study

• To develop skills in teaching, assessment and communication

Topics covered in this module include:

Vertebral column

Thorax cage; ventilatory movements

Airway, Lungs, Pleura

Heart, pericardium and great vessels

Mediastinum and its contents

Imaging anatomy

Abdominal walls

Abdominal organs and peritoneal sac

Abdominal vasculature and innervation

Pelvic and perineal walls and organs

Pelvic and perineal vasculature and innervation


In addition, upon completion of this module you should be able to:

1. Deliver and evaluate informative and engaging lectures and presentations on anatomy;

2. Apply teaching skills to construct interactive tutorials and practical sessions;

3. Develop and critically analyze course materials and learning aids;

4. Design learning strategies including defining learning outcomes, core vs. non-core elements etc.;

5. Develop and appraise formative and summative assessment strategies.



The Module will be assessed as follows:

Continuous Assessment

The module will be assessed by coursework at the trainee’s institution and at the residential course (in addition, formative knowledge tests and other assessment opportunities will be made available). Coursework will include Teaching/Assessmentassignments (e.g. devising examinations and criteria for marking essays) and written reports from the trainee’s mentor indicating satisfactory completion of the distance-learning element of the module. Satisfactory completion is also required of the reflective learning portfolio in order to attend the residential school.



Each trainee should keep a reflective portfolio (a diary or learning log) containing weekly learning goals. At the end of the week there should be reflection on how these were (or not) achieved. It can contain topics that the trainee found particularly difficult or tricks discovered to assist learning, or problems encountered during study. If dissections were prepared photographs of these should be included, however these images should not be transmitted electronically. Monthly, each trainee should send a copy of the latest months work from their developing portfolio to the program coordinator which will be used to monitor that trainees progress. This could be as an email attachment. The idea is that this is the trainees own reflective learning log. At the end of the module each trainee will be asked to bring a CD copy of their portfolio to the residential school so that the program organizers are able to review the whole document including any pictures of dissections that have been prepared during the period of study. This will be a formal part of the assessment process.


Residential Course

The residential school will include an assessed teaching session to evaluate teaching skills and tests of practical knowledge test e.g. “practical” examination, oral examination of knowledge and understanding of trunk functional anatomy. The outcome of the assessment will be graded fail, pass or distinction. At the summer school trainees will have the opportunity to discuss teaching methods used most in Anatomy. It would be advisable for each trainee to have had prior experience of the different forms of teaching used in anatomy during the year to be able to reflect and participate fully in the discussion. Topics to be presented at the summer school will be assigned on the first day of the summer school to ensure that there is no duplication and that all trainees can learn from the exercise. Each trainee will therefore carry out an active practical teaching program on the trunk and will be assessed and advised on it. Pease note however, that the primary purpose of the summer school is to develop further trainees’ knowledge and abilities.

Outcome: graded fail, pass or distinction, leading to a Module Certificate or Program Certificate, if all four modules are taken. The grade of the Program Certificate will be calculated in proportion to the module weighting [see General Handbook].

File: Overview of Trunk Module – ATP Final 18.06.10 . Website amended 30.04.12