Opportunities for Dissection

CONTENTS

Introduction
The difference between dissection and prosection
Opportunities to dissect and prosect
All students

Medical Students

Dentistry students
Science Students


All 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

Opportunities to dissect

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

All students

  1. Prosectors' Competition 2014 - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31st OF OCTOBER, 2014
    The competition is held annually and is open to all currently enrolled anatomy students who 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 some anatomical or clinical importance. A brief description of the prosection 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 four weeks and is a serious undertaking for those interested in a career in prosecting or surgery. The competition may only be entered once.

    When is it held: 5th - 30 January, 2015
    When is it advertised: Typically September/October
    How is it advertised: Anderson Stuart Notice Boards, Medicine bulletin board and this website
    How to apply: A letter expressing your interest in the competition, including full contact details (usyd email address, mailing address, mobile no. etc), SID, region of interest and proposed dissection, academic transcript, proof of previous dissection experience. Applications open October 1 and close October 31, 2014 : Address your application to Dr Marcus Robinson and email it to marcusr@anatomy.usyd.edu.au or hand it in at the Prosectory Lab, S421, in the Anderson Stuart Building.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr Marcus Robinson
    +61 2 9351 2816 - Phone
    +61 2 9351 2817 - Fax
    marcusr@anatomy.usyd.edu.au - email
    Room S421, Anderson Stuart Building - Office

  2. Prosection Workshop 2014 - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31st OF OCTOBER, 2014
    All currently enrolled students of anatomy are eligible to apply for the annual prosection workshop. No previous 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 specimens in the teaching labs. Adjudication of the completed specimens is conducted to determine who is to be given the title of 'Prosector'.

    When is it held: January 6 to January 31, 2014
    When is it advertised: Typically September/October
    How is it advertised: Anderson Stuart Notice Boards, Medicine bulletin board and this website
    How to apply: Download the application form and fill in all your details, including 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, 2014 : Email your application to marcusr@anatomy.usyd.edu.au or hand it in at the Prosectory Lab, S421, in the Anderson Stuart Building.

    For more information, contact:
    Dr Marcus Robinson
    +61 2 9351 2816 - Phone
    +61 2 9351 2817 - Fax
    marcusr@anatomy.usyd.edu.au - email
    Room S421, Anderson Stuart Building - Office

Medical Students

The Prosection Workshop is available to medical students from the end of Year 1.  Those with previous dissection experience may apply for the Prosector’s Competition. Both the workshop and competition involve approximately 4 weeks of dissection. In addition to the prosection opportunities outlined above, medical students also have the option of doing dissection at the end of year 2 and in years 3 and 4.

  1. Regional Dissection Course
    At the end of year two a Regional Dissection Course is available to all students. There are a limited number of places, depending on the availability of specimens. Students dissect in pairs for a total of 12 hours.

    When is it held: December each year
    When is it advertised: June – July
    How is it advertised: Medicine bulletin board (Medical student website)
    Contact: Richard Ward - rward@anatomy.usyd.edu.au

  2. 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: Professor G. Ramsey-Stewart - gstewart@med.usyd.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

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


Science Students

  1. 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.