Medical student-initiated anatomy education: an extracurricular experience at a regional medical school

Andrew T Hattam and Claudia M Diaz
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10735
Published online: 20 August 2012

To the Editor: The paucity of human anatomy teaching at Australian medical schools is well established.1 Recently, a number of 4-year graduate-entry medical schools have sought to improve anatomy knowledge among students by introducing cadaver-dissection electives2 and extracurricular anatomy courses.3 Currently, 6-year undergraduate medical programs, such as at James Cook University (JCU), incorporate more anatomy education than their graduate-entry counterparts.4 However, even 6-year programs offer less anatomy education than was provided in past eras.4

  • Andrew T Hattam
  • Claudia M Diaz

  • James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.



We gratefully acknowledge Dr Christine Pirrone for assistance, organisation and support in the development of this student-initiated program.

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