Opportunities for Dissection

CONTENTS

Introduction

The difference between dissection and prosection

Prosectors workshops and competition


Further opportunities to dissect


Students studying anatomy in the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology at The University of Sydney will have the opportunity to dissect the human body at some point during there studies, although not all will.

The difference between dissection and prosection

There are two main types of anatomical preparations; dissection and prosection. Dissection involves the progressive identification and removal of tissue and structures whilst prosection requires the preservation and presentation of specific structures for further teaching purposes.

In tutorial classes, students of anatomy, work with prosected material that has been carefully dissected to show structures of interest. However all students of anatomy also have the opportunity to dissect the human body for themselves.

Various prosections
Dissection

Prosector's workshops and competition

Students studying anatomy in Medicine, Dentistry and Science have the following options.

  • Science students workshop

    Science Prosection Workshop 2015 - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31ST OCTOBER, 2015

    All Science students currently enrolled in Anatomy units of study, who have done some musculoskeletal anatomy, are eligible to apply for this workshop. ANAT2008 and ANAT2010 are not sufficient. No previous dissection experience is required and all technical advice is provided by anatomy staff.

    Students are required to complete a simple standard prosection according to a specific description and are given approximately four weeks to complete the task. The aim is that the prosection will be good for use as an undergraduate teaching specimen in the teaching labs. Adjudication of the completed specimens is conducted to determine who may be given the title of 'Prosector'.

    When is it held: January 4 to January 29, 2016
    When is it advertised: Typically September/October
    How is it advertised: Anderson Stuart notice boards and website
    How to apply: Download the application form and fill in all your details and the region of interest (upper or lower limb only).

    You need to have your application signed by your anatomy tutor or lecturer. Applications open October 1 and close October 31, 2015. Email your application to marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au or hand it in at the Prosectory Lab, S421, in the Anderson Stuart Building.

    For more information contact:
    Dr Marcus Robinson
    9351 2816
    marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au
    Room S421, Anderson Stuart Building

  • Medicine Prosection Workshop 2015 - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 26th NOVEMBER, 2015

    All Medicine students in stages 1 and 2 are eligible to apply for this workshop. No previous dissection experience is required and all technical advice is provided by anatomy staff.

    Students are required to complete a simple standard prosection according to a specific description and are given approximately four weeks to complete the task. The aim is that the prosection will be good for use as an undergraduate teaching specimen in the teaching labs. Adjudication of the completed specimens is conducted to determine who may be given the title of 'Prosector'.

    When is it held: December 2 2015 to January 12, 2016
    Please note the University is closed between 18 December and 4th January.
    When is it advertised: Typically September/October
    How is it advertised: Anderson Stuart notice boards, website, bulletin board.
    How to apply: Download application form and fill in all your details and the region of interest (upper or lower limb only).

    You need to have your application signed by your anatomy tutor or lecturer. Applications open November 16 and close November 26, 2015. Email your application to marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au or hand it in at the Prosectory Lab, S421, in the Anderson Stuart Building.

    For more information contact:
    Dr Marcus Robinson
    9351 2816
    marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au
    Room S421, Anderson Stuart Building

  • All students competition

    Prosector's Competition 2015 – APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31ST OCTOBER, 2015

    The prosectors competition is held annually and is open to all Science, Medicine and Dentistry students who are currently enrolled in Anatomy units of study and have had previous dissection experience. The objective of the competition is for students to plan and dissect a specimen worthy of inclusion in the Wilson Museum of Anatomy. The prosection should be original and of anatomical or surgical relevance. A brief description is required as part of the submission which is judged by the anatomy staff for the giving out of prizes and the title of prosector. The task should take approximately 4 weeks and is a serious undertaking for those interested in a career in prosecting or surgery. The competition can only be entered once.

    When is it held: January 4 to January 29, 2016
    When is it advertised: Typically September/October
    How is it advertised: Anderson Stuart notice boards and website
    How to apply: Please provide a letter indicating your intent to apply for the prosectors competition and attach a copy of your academic transcript from Sydney Student. Your letter should outline your proposed dissection. There are no constraints on the region you can dissect. Applications are open October 1 and close October 31, 2015.

    Email your application to marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au or hand it in at the Prosectory Lab, S421, in the Anderson Stuart Building.

    For more information contact:
    Dr Marcus Robinson
    9351 2816
    marcus.robinson@sydney.edu.au
    Room S421, Anderson Stuart Building


Further opportunities to dissect

Medical Students

In addition to the prosection opportunities outlined above, medical students may also have the option of doing the AWBD course.

  • Anatomy by Whole Body Dissection Course (AWBD)
    This is an eight week dissection course during which a whole embalmed body is completely dissected according to the classical Cunningham’s Dissection Manuals, Volumes 1-3, GJ Romanes, 1986, Oxford.  It is a full time course restricted to Medicine 3 students, who dissect in small groups in their Elective Term before commencing Medicine 4.  Surgical trainees act as Demonstrators.  Surgeons and other clinicians are present as Supervisors, especially for their areas of expertise.  Participants have commented on the extensive expansion and consolidation of their anatomical knowledge achieved by the course.  The course is followed by the Laycock and Shellshear Prosectors’ Competition, when a prosection of clinical or surgical relevance is carried out by selected students.

    When is it held: December to February each year (see link for exact dates)
    When is it advertised: March/April each year that applications are open
    How is it advertised: All 3rd Year Medical students are notified by email by their Clinical School Executive Officer.
    Contact: Lindsay Wing - lindsay.wing@sydney.edu.au
    Full information on the course can be obtained by clicking on the following link: Anatomy by Whole Body Dissection.
    Applications may be made online.

Dentistry Students

  • In addition to the prosection opportunities outlined above, dentistry students dissect the head and neck during year one of the course.

Science Students

  • In addition to the prosection opportunities outlined above, advanced science students may dissect the head and neck throughout semester two.

This content on this page was collected and organised by Deborah Bryce with valueable input from Marcus Robinson, George Ramsey-Stewart and John Mitrofanis.