Undergraduate Medical Anatomy Syllabus

New Anatomy Syllabus

We are pleased to be able to share with you the launch of the new anatomy syllabus for training doctors which was launched on the 27th November 2015 in the Journal of Anatomy.

A detailed understanding of human anatomy remains the cornerstone of modern medical training. The new syllabus, devised by a panel of 39 practising doctors, surgeons and anatomists, details specific anatomical knowledge that doctors require in order to safely practice medicine.

The project was led by Dr Claire Smith from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Dr Gabrielle Finn from Hull York Medical School and Dr Jane Stewart and Professor Stephen McHanwell both from Newcastle University. Dr Smith, Chair of the Education Committee of the Anatomical Society said: “The new syllabus reflects the anatomy knowledge that is needed by doctors for practice today and into the future. The revised core syllabus of 156 learning outcomes is applicable to all medical training programmes, providing a checklist that will help universities ensure that the medical students they train will be up to the standards demanded by their clinical colleagues.”

Professor Clive Lee, President of the Anatomical Society, said: “This new syllabus marks a significant advance in anatomical education. I congratulate the Anatomical Society’s Education Committee for bringing it to fruition and thank all the anatomists and clinicians involved for their time and expertise.”

Professor Tom Gillingwater, Editor-in-Chief at the Journal of Anatomy added: “The modern world of medicine brings many new challenges for doctors in training. This syllabus will set an important new benchmark for anatomy teaching taking place in medical schools, ensuring that the doctors of tomorrow are fully equipped to deliver the best possible patient care.”

You can access the syllabus via the links below and for further information please contact: Dr Claire Smith at education@anatsoc.org.uk